On Day 9 of the European Championships, German canoeists ensured a flood of medals. Despite appearing in eight finals, track and field athletes remained medalless.
Canoe – 4x gold, silver and bronze
At the start of the canoe medal competition, the Germans really cleaned things up. Canoeists and paracanoeists won four gold, one silver and one bronze medals on the Oberschleißheim regatta course.
Kayak four took the gold start over 1000 meters. The German quartet made up of double Olympic champion Tom Liebscher, Martin Hiller, Felix Frank and Tobias Schultz won ahead of Spain and Hungary.
Then German canoe dominator Sebastian Brendel followed Tim Hecker in two canoes. The Potsdam and Berlin duo not only defended the European title, but also celebrated the next shot after winning the World Cup two weeks ago in Canada. Then Jacob Schopf from Berlin triumphed in the single kayak over 500m.
The paracanoes provided the crowning glory of a golden day. Lillemor Köper won the VL1 category ahead of her teammate Esther Bode. Bronze in the VL2 class went to Katharina Bauernschmidt.
Beach volleyball – Ehlers/Wickler in the quarter-finals of the European Championship
Nils Ehlers and Clemens Wickler qualified for the quarter-finals of the Beach Volleyball Championships by beating Austrian duo Marco Krattiger/Florian Breer. The second set turned into an intense beach thriller, which the Germans eventually won 32:30.
On the other hand, the female duo around Karla Borger and Julia Sude was eliminated. The two lost 0:2 (18:21, 18:21) to 2019 European champions Tina Graudina/Anastasija Kravcenoka of Latvia.
MTB – Victory of the Germans at Pidcock without a medal
When Britain’s Thomas Pidcock won the cross-country race, there were no medals for the German starters. Luca Schwarzbauer held up well for a long time and finished tenth as the best German. David List was 13th, Julian Schelb 21st, Maximilian Brandl 28th after a good start, Georg Egger 31st and Niklas Schel 55th.
Table tennis – precious metal already secured: three Germans in the semi-finals
After the disappointing performance in table tennis doubles, the Germans really got into singles. Three Germans reached the semi-finals. And because there is no match for third place in table tennis, Sabine Winter, Nina Mittelham and Shan Xiaona are sure to get a medal.
Timo Boll made short work of the men’s round of 16 victory 4:0 (13:11, 11:3, 11:1, 11:2) against the highly rated Czech Lubomir Jancarik. Besides him, Dimitrij Ovtcharov and Dang Qiu, who beat his doubles partner Benedikt Duda, also reached the quarter-finals.
Triple jump – Eckhardt-Noack narrowly missed the medal
Triple jumper Neele Eckhardt-Noack was two centimeters from the bronze medal at the end. In the final she jumped 14.43m, the Israeli, third, jumped 14.45m. Ukrainian Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk won the European title.
Discus – Janssen is tenth
In the discus final, Henrik Janssen finished after just three throws. 61.11m was not enough to enter the top eight and be allowed to make three more throws. Janssen finished tenth, Lithuanian Mykolas Alenkna won gold with 69.78m (European Championship record).
400m hurdles – Abuaku misses bronze by a hundredth
Joshua Abuaku narrowly missed the bronze medal in the 400m hurdles and finished fifth. With his personal best of 48.79 seconds, the 26-year-old was just a hundredth slower than third-placed Turk Yasmani Copello. Ludvy Vaillant from France finished fourth together with Abuaku. Norwegian and world record holder Karsten Warholm defended the European title.
For a long time, it looked like Carolina Kraftzik could compete for a medal in the women’s category. But on the home stretch, the 27-year-old had to pay homage to the high initial pace and fell back to last place. The gold went to Femke Bol of the Netherlands. Ukrainians Viktoriya Tkachuk and Anna Ryzhykova won silver and bronze.
200m – Hartmann fifth after a good final sprint
In the 200m final, Joshua Hartmann showed a good final sprint and moved up to fifth place. Briton Zharnel Hughes secured the European title ahead of his compatriot Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Italian Filippo Tortu.
Alexandra Burghardt sprinted to last place in the women’s final. Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji won gold ahead of Britain’s Dina Asher-Smith and Denmark’s Ida Karstoft.
1500m – Klein is fifth, Trost tenth
In the 1500m final, Hanna Klein finished fifth. Her teammate Katharina Trost crossed the finish line in tenth position. Gold went to Britain’s Laura Muir, silver to Ireland’s Ciara Mageean ahead of Poland’s Sofia Ennaoui.
3000m hurdle – Karl Bebendorf takes fifth place
Karl Bebendorf finished fifth in the 3000m steeplechase. The 26-year-old from Dresden was in the lead until the last lap, but the pace picked up again. Finn Topi Raitanen won gold ahead of Italians Ahmed Abdelwahed and Osama Zoghlami. The second German runner-up, Niklas Buchholz, finished 14th.
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