- Marcell Jacobs wins a 100-meter race at European Athletics Championships in Munich.
- Jacobs had been hurt a lot this season but still ran championship record time.
- Gina Lueckenkemper wins women’s blue riband sprint.
Marcell Jacobs won the 100-meter race at the European Athletics Championships in Munich on Tuesday. He had been hurt a lot this season, but that didn’t stop him.
Jacobs won the world indoor 60m title in March in Belgrade, but he pulled out of the semi-finals of the 100m at last month’s world championships in Oregon. He still ran a time of 9.95 seconds, which was the same as the championship record.
Zharnel Hughes, the defending champion, got silver in 9.99 seconds, and Jeremiah Azu, also from Britain, got bronze in 10.13 seconds.
“This was a difficult season with problems, with injury,” said the 27-year-old Italian, who has been beset by leg injuries and who competed with a heavily-strapped left calf in Munich.
“My leg is not good and I am not happy about how the race went technically, there were some problems.
“But I am over the moon with the gold medal. After Olympic gold, I’ve now got the European gold. I’ve got to get the world championship gold now.”
When Gina Lueckenkemper surprised everyone by winning the women’s blue riband sprint on a wild night of track and field at a packed Olympic Stadium, the crowd went crazy.
The 25-year-old, who won silver in the 100m at the last European Championships in Berlin in 2018 and bronze in the 200m in 2016, threw herself at the finish line to get a time of 10.99 seconds and beat Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji in a photo finish.
Daryll Neita of Britain got bronze with a time of 11.00 seconds. Her teammate Dina Asher-Smith, who was the defending champion, pulled out of the race halfway through because she hurt herself and came in last.
Earlier, a trio of well-known performers showed off their skills in perfect, warm weather, keeping their titles in style.
First up was Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen, who won the 5,000m race and kept his bid to win both events again on track.
The 21-year-old won the world championship in Eugene, Oregon, last month. His time was 13 minutes and 21 seconds.
“I believe in myself and I believe in the things I have done before. It was amazing here today, it was a great race to be a part of,” said Ingebrigtsen.
“It feels great to be back and win, it is special.”
Miltiadis Tentoglou, who was the reigning Olympic and world indoor champion and won silver at the world championships in Eugene, then set a championship record to keep his Euro title. He was also the reigning Olympic and world indoor champion.
On his fourth try, the Greek jumped 8.52m, beating the previous record of 8.47m set by Christian Reif of Germany in Barcelona in 2010.
Then it was time for Sandra Perkovic of Croatia, who is the best woman in the discus.
The 32-year-old Croat didn’t start until it was too late. On her fifth try for gold, she went out to 67.95 metres, which won.
It was the two-time Olympic and world champion’s sixth European title in a row. He won his first European title in 2010 in Barcelona.
“I just won my sixth European title here at this beautiful stadium in front of this amazing crowds, so I am so happy and proud tonight,” said Perkovic.
“I knew I was ready to do it and I think the fight was nice.”
In the decathlon, Germany’s Niklas Kaul beat his Swiss rival Simon Ehammer to win gold. He did this by throwing a huge 76.05m in the javelin and running a personal best of 4:10.04 in the final 1500m, which took a lot of energy.
After finishing the 100m in 11.16 seconds, the long jump in 7.10 metres, the shot put in 14.90 metres, the high jump in 2.02 metres, the 400m in 47.87 seconds, the 110m hurdles in 14.45 seconds, and the discus in 41.80 metres, Kaul had a total of 8,545 points.
Ehammer had to settle for silver because he was only 77 points behind the winner. Estonia’s Janek Oiglane won bronze (8,346).
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