DGina Lückenkemper’s uncertainty lasted only a few moments, then her name was the first to light up on the scoreboard – and the Munich Olympic Stadium was like a madhouse. Gold for Lückenkemper over 100 meters, gold after an exciting race in which the finish photo had to decide at the end. A sensation.
“I’m so incredibly grateful to you,” shouted the first German European champion since Verena Sailer 2010 to the 40,000 in the Olympic Stadium. She ran to gold in 10.99 seconds, while the Swiss co-favorite Mujinga Kambundji only got silver. Bronze in the blink of an eye went to Britain’s Daryll Neita (11.00).
“I don’t feel anything right now, I have so much adrenaline”
Lückenkemper suffered a bleeding wound on her left knee when she stumbled after crossing the finish line, but she quickly didn’t care. Tears of happiness soon flowed at the European Championship second place in 2018, the 25-year-old Berliner sank to her knees, overwhelmed, and let her emotions run free. “Today the stadium is absolutely amazing. I am so incredibly grateful to you,” said Lückenkemper. “I don’t feel anything right now, I have so much adrenaline,” shouted into the microphone in the stadium, through which La Ola sloshed. Just a few minutes earlier, decathlete Niklas Kaul had surprisingly won European Championship gold. At the end of a sensational day at the European Championships for the recently shaken German athletics with two titles and two silver medals, the 40,000 enthusiastic spectators in the Olympic Stadium sang: “Oh, how beautiful that is.”
Meanwhile, Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs left no doubt that he is at least the fastest man in Europe. After a rather moderate start, the powerhouse quickly got going, pulled away irresistibly after 50 meters and won in 9.95 seconds ahead of British title defender Zharnel Hughes (9.99) and his compatriot Jeremiah Azu (10.13).
At the World Championships in Eugene three weeks ago, Jacobs had to withdraw before the semifinals because of muscle problems. After gold at the Olympics, he also won gold at the European Championships in Munich’s Olympic Stadium, a double that Brit Linford Christie last completed in 1994. The German trio Owen Ansah, Lucas Ansah-Peprah (both Hamburg) and Julian Wagner (Erfurt) were eliminated in the semifinals.