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Report Day 8 & Preview Day 9 of the European Championships Munich 2022

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Konstanze Klosterhalfen is happy about winning her gold medal
The women's heptathletes in a joint photo after their competition

Report day 8

Athletics

On the eighth day of the European Championships Konstanze Klosterhalfen could win the next German gold medal. Over the 5,000m distance, Klosterhalfen overtook her opponent Yasemin Can from Turkey two laps before the end and did not let her take the victory away from her. It was Klosterhalfen's first medal at a European Championship, after she had just missed the medal places in the 10,000m with a fourth place.

There was also reason for joy among the high jumpers, where Tobias Potye from Munich surprisingly won the silver medal at his home competition. With his jump of 2.27m he was only beaten by the Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi from Italy, who delivered the highest jump of the evening with 2.30m.

A German athlete also won a medal in the women's long jump. World champion Malaika Mihambo came in second with a distance of 7.03m. Mihambo's start in Munich was uncertain for a long time due to a Corona infection in the run-up. Gold went to Ivana Vuleta from Serbia with a jump of 7.06m, bronze went to Jazmin Sawyers from Great Britain (6.80m).

In the men's hammer throw, Poland's Wojciech Nowicki set a new world best with 82 meters, securing the gold medal.

The men's 1500m race was won by Jakob Ingebrigtsen of Norway, who set a new championship record with a time of 3:32.76 minutes.

In the women's heptathlon, Carolin Schäfer finished in a good sixth place as Belgium's Nafissatou Thiam won the event.

Beach volleyball

The first elimination matches for the beach volleyball players took place yesterday at the Königsplatz. In the men's competition, the duo Nils Ehlers/Clemens Wickler won against the Austrians Christoph Dressler/Alexander Huber in the first knockout round. In the women's round of 16, two German duos, Julia Sude/Karla Borger and Chantal Laboureur/Sarah Schulz, qualified for the quarterfinals.

Gymnastics

The German gymnasts were able to qualify for the final in the team competition. Andreas Toba, Nils Dunkel, Glenn Trebing, Lukas Kochan and Lukas Dauser gymnastics 245,659 points and qualified seventh for the final on Saturday. Lukas Dauser also competed in the all-around and finished ninth in the event won by Britain's Joe Fraser.

Canoe

In canoeing, the first heats and semifinals took place at the regatta facility in Oberschleissheim. The German athletes showed good performances in the heats and won most of them. The semifinals of the K2 1000m women and K1 500m men, however, took place without German participation.

Sports climbing

Austria's Jakob Schubert beat Czech Adam Ondra and Italian Filip Schenk in the combined bouldering and lead event at Königsplatz to win the gold medal.

Table tennis

In the Rudi Sedlmayer Hall, the first medal decisions were made in table tennis. In the men's doubles, the Swedes Mattias Falck and Kristian Karlsson won the final against the Austrians Daniel Habesohn and Robert Gardos with 3:1 after sets. In the women's doubles, the winner was the doubles team consisting of Austria's Sofia Polcanova and Romania's Bernadette Szocs. In the final, they beat Elizabeta Samara and Andreea Dragoman from Romania 3:0 after sets.

In addition, the round of the best 32 in the women's singles was on the agenda. The match between Yuan Wan and Nina Mittelham was a German duel, which Mittelham won 4:1. The other Germans Ying Han, Sabine Winter and Xiaona Shan won their matches.

Preview Day 9

Athletics

In the evening session at the Olympic Stadium, various medal decisions are again on the agenda in track and field. It starts at 8:20 PM with the men's discus throw, where Henrik Janssen, a German athlete, has qualified for the final, but has at best an outsider's chance for a medal.

In the women's 1500m final, Hanna Klein and Katharina Trost are two German athletes.

In the women's triple jump, Neele Eckhardt-Noack is one of the extended group of favorites; the 30-year-old qualified for the final with the best distance of the day and thus has justified hopes of a medal.

At 9 PM, the final of the men's 3000m steeplechase is scheduled. With Niklas Buchholz and Karl Bebendorf two German athletes could qualify.

In the men's 200m final, Joshua Hartmann is the first German since 1986 to qualify for this final.

Caroline Krafzik and Joshua Abuaku are the only representatives from a German perspective in the women's and men's 400m hurdles finals, respectively.

The final event of the evening in the Olympic Stadium will be the women's 200m at 10:22 PM. Britain's Dina Asher-Smith and Switzerland's Mujinga Kambundji are considered favorites here. Alexandra Burghardt, a German athlete, also qualified for the final.

Beach volleyball

The women's quarterfinals and semifinals as well as the men's round of 16 are scheduled at Königsplatz in beach volleyball. It starts at 10 AM with the match of the German duo Julia Sude/Karla Borger. With Chantal Laboureur/Sarah Schulz in the women's singles and Nils Ehlers/Clemens Wickler two more German duos will compete at 1:15 PM and 3 PM respectively.

Canoe

In canoeing, the first medal decisions will be made today, Friday. After further heats and semifinals in the different classes between 9 AM and 2:02 PM, the first decision will be made at 2:22 OM in the men's K4 1000m. The conclusion of the medal decisions will be the final of the women's VL1 200m at 4:26 PM in the Para Canoe, where Esther Bode and Lillemor Köper are two of the three finalists from Germany.

Mountain bike

On Friday, the men's cross-country riders will now also start the European Championships. The race will take place on the Olympic Hill and the favorites include Olympic champion Tom Pidcock from Great Britain, Swiss and Olympic silver medalist Mathias Flückiger and Frenchman Titouan Carod. Defending champion Lars Forster from Switzerland will also try everything to defend his European Championship title.

Table tennis

In table tennis, the men's singles round of the best 32 is scheduled for the morning. With Benedikt Duda, Dang Qiu, Patrick Franziska, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Timo Boll all German participants are still in the competition. In the afternoon, the competition continues with the women's and men's singles round of 16. The evening will conclude with the women's singles quarterfinals at 6:20 PM and 7:10 PM, respectively.
 

Text: Jan Cederic Mann
Photo: Marc Mueller & Daniel Kopatsch/Munich 2022