Only Dieter Baumann was faster: On Friday night in California, Mohamed Mohumed moved up to second place in the all-time German leaderboard over 5,000 meters and only had to let high-flying Jakob Ingebrigtsen go in a world-class race. Hanna Klein was also able to undercut the world championship standard on this route.
On Friday night in San Juan Capistrano, California (USA), several German top runners completed a training camp in the USA in a high-class competition. One athlete in particular succeeded with a bang: Mohamed Mohumed (LG Olympia Dortmund) ran over 5,000 meters in 13: 03.18 minutes for the second fastest German time in history. The only German to be faster so far was German record holder and Olympic champion Dieter Baumann (12: 54.70 min).
World Cup norm for Eugene: undercut by ten seconds. Your own record: increased by almost 14 seconds. The finish: just after 1,500 meters Olympic champion Jakob Ingebrigtsen (Norway; 13: 02.03 min) in second place in a field where he was highly decorated athletes as Olympic bronze winner over 1,500 meters Josh Kerr (UK) and the elite of US College Sports showed their heels. “I’m still pretty overwhelmed,” summed up his coach Pierre Ayadi a little later, with whom Mohumed had previously prepared for the season four weeks in Flagstaff, Arizona (USA).
Sam Parsons (Eintracht Frankfurt; 13: 21.17 min) also had a strong race in tenth place. With a new best time and European Championship norm, he was able to emphasize that he is back at the top after long-term injury problems. Maximilian Thorwirth (SFD 75 Düsseldorf-Süd) was not yet able to demonstrate his full potential after his 1,500 meter start with the best time (we reported) on the long distance of 13: 32.27 minutes.
“We have invested a lot”
With intensive preparation, but as in every race in the beginning with a portion of uncertainty, they entered the competition, Pierre Ayadi explained – for Mohamed Mohumed’s 10,000 m with European Championship norm on April 1 in Stanford (USA) was only in the training phase started, the hard work followed later. “We invested a lot, Mo did a good job training in Flagstaff. But it was a long time, we were not sure how well he could do in the first competition.”
Very good, as it turned out: In a very smooth and well-paced race, the U23 European Champion stayed on track over 10,000 meters and was always in the front third before he even took over the lead of the field at the end of the race. With his incomparable start, only Jakob Ingebrigtsen passed him at home.
“It was an absolutely world-class field,” Pierre Ayadi summed up. “As a coach you are always nervous and have a strategy for how to behave in this situation. But I must say: I became calmer and calmer during the race because Mo looked so controlled. In the end, of course, I also went properly with. “
Hanna Klein undercuts the World Cup norm
The fastest German runner on Friday night was Hanna Klein (LAV Stadtwerke Tübingen): The versatile athlete, who is one of Europe’s best in both the middle and long distances, but had mostly chosen the 1,500 meters internationally, was under 5,000 meters in 15.: 06.81 minutes as Mohumed, the World Cup norm. Winner Natosha Rogers (USA; 15: 05.22 min) was not far behind in fourth place, nor did she miss her record from the previous year (15: 01.99 min).
In the B-race over 5,000 meters, the U23 talent Sara Benfares (LC Rehlingen; 15: 24.27 min) and the Olympic obstacle course participant Lea Meyer (ASV Köln; 15: 31.32 min) had pulverized their best times. The young Rehlinger stayed 16 seconds below his home record and also a few tenths below the European Championship norm for Munich. The obstacle specialist even improved by more than 50 seconds over the long distance.
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