| International runner meeting
Two meeting records – one of them for “eternity” -, a German U18 best time, the U20 World Cup qualification in the sprint relays and two fantastic times over 300 meters and 2,000 meters obstacle: The 31st International Thallos Runners Meeting did not save on Sunday’s highlights. Around 1,500 spectators at the Schönbuch Stadium and many more in the livestream experienced a promising start to an intense athletics season.
Malaika Mihambos is right three times: The Olympic champion in long jump from LG Kurpfalz improved the eleven-year-old stadium record in the 80-meter sprint by Marion Wagner (USC Mainz) by eight hundredths of a second to 9.35 Sunday at the international runner-up meeting in Pliezhausen seconds.
Second, Malaika Mihambo made the double victory perfect: She clearly beat Holly Okuku (GSV Eintracht Baunatal, 17.55 sec) and Alica Schmidt (SCC Berlin, 17.69 sec) over 150 meters in 17.28 seconds.
Third, it was still “extra time”: for three quarters of an hour, she patiently complied with the numerous autograph requests from many enthusiastic athletics fans.
Meeting record 1,000 meters – sixth at the Olympics with a fabulous time
The hope of a meeting record was even fulfilled once again: The Olympic sixth place from Tokyo (over 800 meters Habitam Alemu (Ethiopia) conjured a time of 2: 34.11 minutes on the track to Schönbuch Stadium in the two and a half stadium laps over 600 meters and thus improved the 13-year-old record for the Czech Lenka Masna by almost four seconds.
But not only the winning time was one of the fastest in the history of the international running competition. Because: In the wake of the 24-year-old Ethiopian, both Katharina Trost (LG Stadtwerke München) – a year after missing the meeting record by 15 hundredths of a second – ran in 2: 39.02 minutes and Majtie Kolberg (LG Kreis Ahrweiler). , 2: 39.42 min) and the Swiss 800 meter champion and fifth place at the European Championships in Torun 2021 Lore Hoffmann (2: 39.77 min) in places four to six of the top six in all times of the event.
Kallabis over the phenomenal obstacles
Jolanda Kallabis (FT 1844 Freiburg) contributed with a German U18 best performance – in 6: 23.82 minutes she ran solo to a more than superb victory over 2,000 meters obstacle course and broke her own record by almost five seconds.
She then stated: “It was a bit of a shame that I had to run everything myself up there and hoped that someone would run with me because it is mentally hard when you decide your own pace all the time. Of course, I’m very happy at the moment. ”
The 17-year-old adds: “Now I run all the middle distances and get as many qualifications for the European Championships as possible.” What is meant is the highlight of the season, the U18 European Championships in Jerusalem (Israel): “I will probably run the 2,000 meter obstacle there, depending on how the other routes run. So the Germans and then we’ll see … ‘the 17-year-old looks ahead.
France, Spain, Portugal in the top six in the runners’ meeting
Frenchman Mehdi Belhadj also topped the record for the 2,000-meter steeplechase. In 5: 30.82 minutes, the 26-year-old ran the fourth fastest time ever at Schönbuch Stadium. He was followed by Niklas Buchholz (LSC Höchstadt / Aisch; 5: 34.11 min), Velten Schneider (VfL Sindelfingen; 5: 36.83 min) and Jens Mergenthaler (SV Winnenden; 5: 37.81 min).
Spain also had reason to celebrate a little later: Samuel García won over 300 meters in 32.65 seconds, just ahead of the Portuguese Joao Coelho (32.66 seconds) and with this time came in fourth place on Pliezhausen’s best list. In the finish he said: “I will come back next year and then I will get the record”. Olympic semifinalists Joshua Abuaku (LG Eintracht Frankfurt, 33.01 sec.) And Constantin Preis (VfL Sindelfingen, 33.15 sec.) Finished third and fourth.
For the multiple Pliezhausen winner, Christina Hering (LG Stadtwerke München) remained
U20 European Champion Audrey Werro (Switzerland) finished second only this time. 27-year-old Hering was beaten by Werro, who was nine years younger, by five hundredths. Their winning time was 1: 26.70 minutes.
3,000 meters: A tough “excursion” for Christoph Kessler
“Because I unfortunately still had a few problems after Corona, and my speed is not really there yet, I decided to take the next longer distance,” said middle distance specialist Christoph Kessler (LG Region Karlsruhe), German indoor champion over 800 meters, after his successful 3,000-meter “excursion”. The 27-year-old continues: “It was definitely a tough race, but it was also fun, at least eventually again, and I’m glad I was able to celebrate my season start here in Pliezhausen again.”
In the victory for Simas Bertasius (8: 03.29 min) – Lithuanian record holder over 1,500 meters and the mile – they meant 8: 09.80 minutes of Karlsruher fifth place for Kessler behind Niels Laos (Netherlands, 8: 04.17 min), Mohamedamine El Bouajaji (France, 8: 05.14 min) and Kevin Kamenschak – the 18-year-old Austrian ran the norm for the U20 World Cup in Santiago de Cali (Colombia) in 8: 07.31 minutes.
The two U20 national teams also qualified for this by clearly beating the required standard of 46.70 seconds at 44.34 (DLV 1) and 45.22 seconds (DLV 2), respectively.
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