Two golds: Niklas Kaul wins the decathlon, Gina Lückenkemper sprints over 100 meters to victory
Big evening for the German track and field athletes: Niklas Kaul wins the gold medal after an outstanding 1500 meter run at the end of the decathlon. Gina Lückenkemper is crowned sprint queen and there are also two medals in the discus throw.
Successful evening for the German track and field athletes: decathlon ace Niklas Kaul won the gold medal at the European Championships in Munich after a sensational final sprint. After that, Kristin Pudenz and Claudine Vita won silver and bronze in the discus throw. The completion of the perfect evening was achieved by sprinter Gina Lückenkemper, who ran to gold over 100 meters.
For Niklas Kaul, European Championship gold means the second major triumph of his career after the 2019 World Cup coup. With 8545 points, the 24-year-old won on Tuesday ahead of Swiss Simon Ehammer, who had 8468 points.
Niklas Kaul is in seventh place before the final disciplines
The man from Mainz was still in seventh place before the last two disciplines, but still managed the surprising turnaround with 76.05 meters in the javelin throw and a strong 1500-meter dash in a personal best time of 4:10.04 minutes. The former World Cup third Kai Kazmirek from the LG Rhein-Neuwied came in eighth with 8151 points.
It was just as successful for Gina Lückenkemper, who was crowned European Champion over 100 meters. Four years after her silver medal in Berlin on Tuesday evening, the 25-year-old was the fastest track and field athlete in Munich’s Olympic Stadium in 10.99 seconds after the photo finish. The Swiss indoor world champion Mujinga Kambundji also finished second with 10.99 seconds. Third place went to Neita Daryll from Britain, just a hundredth of a second slower.
Kristin Pudenz had previously helped shape the successful evening of German athletics in Munich with a personal best. The Olympic bronze medalist won the silver medal in the discus throw. In an exciting competition in Munich’s Olympic Stadium, Pudenz threw a distance of 67.87 meters. The victory went to the Croatian title holder Sandra Perkovic, whose discus flew only eight centimeters further. It was her sixth European title in a row.
Bronze also went to the German team through Claudine Vita. The 25-year-old from Neubrandenburg achieved her best jump of the season of 65.20 meters. Shortly after Niklas Kaul’s decathlon gold, Pudenz’ silver was the second medal of the evening for the German track and field athletes in the Olympic Stadium at these European Championships.