- The German runner Konstanze Klosterhalfen improves the German record over 3000 meters to 8: 20.07 minutes at the Diamond League meeting in Stanford.
- It increases her own best time by almost ten seconds. Only five runners in athletics history were ever faster.
- Monk Halves has recently been training in the controversial Oregon Project in the US. Mo Farah is also part of the training group. The logo of the troop: A skull.
In the middle of the last corner, the world record holder was also on it. Genzebe Dibaba, one of the best middle-distance runners of the recent sports history, especially over 1500 meters, Genzebe Dibaba so now got the elbow of Konstanze Klosterhalfen in the side geknufft. Short but definite. Then the Ethiopian looked after the rival, with a look that also expressed a little astonishment: What had this young German before her, Dibaba seemed to think – now, with the help of monks in the last few meters simply refusing the laws of fatigue right to obey?
Athletics has recently experienced memorable days, even without a Usain Bolt, who has been a supernumerary a.D. and amateur footballers happily. But there's no such thing as Sunday's diamond league meeting in Stanford, California, on any overheated summer evening: Christian Coleman's 9.81 seconds over 100 yards or Rai Benjamin's 400-yard hurdles (47.16) ). Or the shot put with the South American record of Brazil's Darlam Romani (22.61 meters), and of course Caster Semenya, who easily won her first 800 meters since claiming the controversial testosterone clause (1: 55.70 minutes). But all this disappeared in the end in the barely existing shadow on the university complex in Stanford: When the 3000-meter runners namely was the turn, as the Dutch Sifan Hassan raced to the European record (8: 18.49 minutes) and monks to a German Best in 8: 20.07. The 22-year-old had set the old reference two years ago, when she was almost ten seconds slower.
How dizzying it all was, was already a look in the sports history books. Klosterhalfen now has a nice legends selection there, from Dibaba to Gabriela Szabo and Paula Radcliffe to Gete Wami. In front of her there are only five runners left: Hassan, the winner of Stanford, and, it is getting scary, four Chinese women, who wiggled like toy robots at the 1993 World Cup in Stuttgart at one fabulous time after the next. Thanks to diligence and a turtle blood drink, her trainer Ma Junren said. Today it is known that Ma hit his athletes with the belt, later flew six of his athletes because of Epo doping. Three years ago, Chinese media reported on a letter in which ten of Mas's former sportswomen doping stood, including Wang Junxia. The 46-year-old holds a world record to this day: over 3000 meters (but with much more distant 8: 06.11 minutes).
However, Klosterhalfen's rise was not nearly as mysterious. He talked about a great talent that ran unconcerned, often a bit too carefree, and then spoke in a low voice, as if frightened by her brisk nature on the train itself. She raised her personal bests over 800 to 5000 meters in considerable spheres, won silver twice in the European Indoor Championships. Then she decided to break away from Leverkusen and from coach Sebastian Weiß. She joined the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), the endurance camp of the powerful sporting goods manufacturer, supervised by former marathon runner Alberto Salazar. Equipped with height chambers, underwater treadmills and the best experts. When the Briton Mo Farah and the American Galen Rupp, two students of the US project, won more than 10,000 meters of gold and silver at the 2012 Olympics, the scene interpreted that as a sign: one can break the running dominance of Africans, with lots of technology and diligence.
Today, the project has long been surrounded by serious allegations. Salazar is said to have repeatedly violated the anti-doping protocol, according to a 270-page report by the US Anti-Doping Agency (Usada), which came out in 2017. The German association and Klosterhalfens environment claimed last winter, after the move of the athlete to the United States, one of Salazar's innocence, as long as nothing has been proven. And Klosterhalfen is not really part of the project. At the beginning of May, the NOP announced: Welcome to the team, Konstanze Klosterhalfen! Next to it was the logo of the NOP, a skull framed by a laurel wreath.
Klosterhalfen praised the advantages of their surroundings after their record run: "It's just like a training camp every day," she said German press agency, To the oddities, she was tight-lipped: "Negative comments are always there." Oliver Mintzlaff, once a long-distance runner, today Managing Director of the footballers of RB Leipzig and by the way Klosterhalfens patron, can not find anything bad either – just because of "any assumptions that someone has ever made", as he recently FAZ told.
Of course, the first reports of Salazar's practices come from former NOP insiders: Kara Goucher, once World Cup runner-up over 10,000 meters, and coach Steve Magness. And the Usada interim report, for which the agency interviewed more than 40 athletes, coaches and academics, supported many of the key witness testimony: Salazar was said to have drugged healthy runners, along with injections allegedly given in unauthorized doses. Salazar has always denied it.
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