European Athletics Championships: Bronze for Oleg Zernikel in the pole vault and the German 4×100-meter relay

European Athletics Championships: Bronze for Oleg Zernikel in the pole vault and the German 4×100-meter relay

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Pole vault and sprint relay – two bronze medals for Germany

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Oleg Zernikel pole vaulting


At the European Athletics Championships in Rome, there were two bronze medals for German athletes this evening. Oleg Zernikel won the pole vault. The men’s 4×100-meter relay team also secured third place in the final.

Oleg Zernikel secured another German medal at the European Athletics Championships in Rome when pole vault star Armand “Mondo” Duplantis won his next title.

The 29-year-old from Landau mastered 5.82 meters and shared third place with the Turk Ersu Sasma. Zernikel had his best placing to date with fifth place at the 2022 World Championships.

Duplantis won the European Championships on Wednesday evening with a throw of 6.10 metres, ahead of the Greek Emmanouil Karalis, who managed 5.87 metres. This is the Swede’s third European Championship title. He is also an Olympic champion and two-time world champion.

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Apart from the 24-year-old, no other jumper managed to clear the six-meter mark. Duplantis was unable to set the next world record, failing three times to clear the height of 6.25 meters.

From left to right: Sweden’s Armand secures gold, Emmanouil Karalis from Greece wins silver – Zernikel and Turkey’s Ersu Sasma share bronze


Torben Blech came in sixth with 5.75 meters. Two years after winning silver at the European Championships in Munich, Bo Kanda Lita Baehre was eliminated in the qualification this time.

German men sprint to European Championship bronze

The German men’s 4×100-meter relay team won bronze at the European Athletics Championships. Kevin Kranz, the individual fifth-place finisher Owen Ansah, Deniz Almas and Lucas Ansah-Peprah crossed the finish line in 38.52 seconds. The hosts from Italy, including Olympic champion and individual European champion Marcell Jacobs, won gold in 37.82 seconds on Wednesday in Rome. The Dutch team came second in 38.46 seconds.

Two years after winning the European Championship title, the changed German women’s 4×100 meter relay team came fifth. Sophia Junk, Nele Jaworski and the Munich European champions Gina Lückenkemper and Rebekka Haase ran 42.61 seconds on Wednesday. Lückenkemper also came fifth in the individual event. This time, the British quartet stormed to gold in 41.91 seconds ahead of the relay teams from France (42.15) and the Netherlands (42.46).

The German men’s relay team is delighted with the bronze medal in the 100 metres (from left to right): Kevin Kranz, Owen Ansah, Deniz Almas and Lucas Ansah-Peprah


In the preliminary round on Tuesday, Nele Jaworski cheered Gina Lückenkemper and her fellow runners into the final – where the women sprinted to fifth place


On Wednesday evening, Malaika Mihambo was crowned Europe’s best long jumper for the second time and gave the German athletics team its first gold on the last day of the European Championships in Rome. The 30-year-old won the title with an outstanding 7.22 meters, just as she did in Berlin in 2018.

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Robert Farken had previously finished eighth in the 1500 metres. The Leipzig native, who had made it into the final after a fall in the preliminary round, needed 3:33.98 minutes. As in the 5000 metres, Norway’s running star Jakob Ingebrigtsen took the win in 3:31.95 minutes.

Overall, Germany is in twelfth place in the medal table after 49 of 49 competitions. The German team won one gold medal, three silver medals and a total of seven bronze medals. Host Italy won first place in the national competition with eleven gold, nine silver and four bronze medals. France followed in second place, with Great Britain in third place.


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