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Alina Reh and Simon Boch secured the German championship title over 10,000 meters in Pliezhausen on Saturday night. The 24-year-old, who recently had to stop training altogether for several months due to health issues, celebrated a furious comeback. Both Deer and Boch were happy with the European Championship standard.
It was a tailor-made comeback. Alina Reh (SCC Berlin) had to stop training for three months due to a mild myocarditis, and only got back into it a few weeks ago. She kept open for a long time for the opportunity to start at the German long-distance championships in Pliezhausen, and the final decision was not made until Thursday. And it should be worth it. The 24-year-old provided the highlight of the day on Saturday in the local community 30 kilometers south of Stuttgart.
In a dominant way, she won her second German championship title over this distance after 2019 in 32: 06.63 minutes and at the same time clearly below the European Championship norm (32:20 min). “I traveled here and said to myself that if I become number five, it’s good. Above all, I wanted to have fun. That I now have the EC norm in my pocket at all is of course all the nicer, ”said the EC trio immediately after his comeback.
At the start of the race, Alina Reh was led by two companions, Domenika Mayer (LG Telis Finanz Regensburg) and Katharina Steinruck (Eintracht Frankfurt). After about four kilometers, Reh was finally able to shake off his two competitors by speeding up and gradually extending his lead. After five kilometers, the stadium clock showed 16:07 minutes and thus extrapolated almost exactly to the European Championship norm.
Negative split to Alina Reh
With the spectators at the Schönbuch Stadium behind her, she was able to make the second half of the race even faster and thus run towards an undisputed victory. Katharina Steinruck was able to withdraw from Domenika Mayer behind her and finally took silver with a new best time of 32: 26.28 minutes.
Mayer, who had recently won the title at the German marathon championships, apparently ran out of energy in the last kilometers, so she also had to let Eva Dieterich from the Kassel running team pass her, who finished third in 32: 40.11 minutes. Domenika Mayer followed in fourth place in 32: 43.82 minutes.
Deborah Schöneborn, last year’s German vice-champion over this distance, had to settle for a seventh place this time (33: 14.32 min.). The 45-time German long-distance champion Sabrina Mockenhaupt-Gregor (LV Pliezhausen; 33: 37.60 min) finished her home race with a ninth place in the top ten.
Simon Boch this time at the top of the podium
After silver last year in Mainz, this time Simon Boch was able to secure a place at the top of the podium for the men. The rain burger was able to impress with his sprint qualities and broke from his teammate Filmon Abraham with about 400 meters to go. In 28: 11.69 minutes, the 28-year-old also held the required time for the European Championships (28:15 min). “I did not expect the norm, but I am obviously very happy about it,” Simon Boch said afterwards.
At the start of the race, the new German champion was in a group with Filmon Teklebrhan (LAC Freiburg), Filmon Abraham and Homiyu Tesfaye (TSV Pfungstadt). In time, however, Filmon Teklebrhan had to be torn down first, followed a little later by Homiyu Tesfaye.
The sprint strength determines the race
From then on, the two Regensburgers dueled Boch and Abraham at the top. Knowing Simon Boch’s final sprint qualities, Filmon Abraham tried to break away in the final kilometers – but to no avail. Simon Boch kept going and finally showed his great strength on the final lap. Shortly after the lap, he set the pace markedly and was able to take the lead, which he could no longer. With his 28: 11.69 minutes, he was able to improve his best time by more than ten seconds.
Filmon Abraham finished second ahead of Homiyu Tesfaye in 28: 15.95. U20 European Championship participant Tom Förster (LG Vogtland) had a strong race, where for the first time he stayed under 30 minutes in 29: 32.13 minutes, took the overall fourth place and secured the U23 title. Marius Abele (SSC Hanau-Rodenbach) followed in second place in 29: 48.99 minutes, Julian Großkopf (LAZ Ludwigsburg) completed the podium in 30: 33.91 minutes.
Jasmina Stahl (Hannover 96) also celebrated a dominant victory in the female U23. The U20 European Championship participant dictated for a long time what happened at the top together with Linn Lara Kleine (LG Olympia Dortmund). About a kilometer from the finish, however, Kleine could no longer follow Jasmina Stahl’s energetic start. From then on, the 20-year-old Stahl increased his lead and eventually won the title with a new best time of 34: 11.12 minutes without any problems. Linn Lara Kleine followed in second place, almost 20 seconds behind (34: 33.22 min). Hanna Bruckmayer from LG Finanz Regensburg ran for bronze in 35: 01.46 minutes.
Kurt Lauer and Linda Meier with U20 titles
In the male U20, the race was only decided on the last meters. Kurt Lauer (LAZ Ludwigsburg) and Constantin Carls (ASV Köln) withdrew from the rest of the field with almost two innings left. With about 300 meters to go, the man from Cologne significantly increased his speed and was initially able to break away from his rivals – but the attack turned out to be too early. At home, Kurt Lauer showed better reserves and took the lead, which he did not give up on the last meters and eventually triumphed in 14: 58.53 minutes. Constantin Carls finished second in 14: 58.88 minutes. Third was Tristan Kaufhold (SSC Hanau-Rodenbach; 15: 04.68 min.).
Linda Meier (LAC Passau) had previously won the race in the U20 women’s youth. In 17: 15.83 minutes, she relegated Regensburg’s Franziska Drexler (17: 16.84 min) to second place. Bronze went to Carolina Schäfer (TG Schwalbach; 17: 25.27 min.).
All results can be found in our results section …