Track and field

U23 European Championship day 1 | The DLV athletes in the preliminary rounds

It’s about getting into the final or the next round! How the DLV starters presented themselves on Thursday in the preliminary rounds of the U23 European Championships in Tallinn, read here from competition to competition.

100 meters | Prelims

The starting point was clear: the first four placed and the four fastest time qualify for the semi-finals over 100 meters. For Lilly Kaden (LG Olympia Dortmund) and Keshia Kwadwo (LC Paderborn) that shouldn’t be a problem. The German U20 champion Lilly Kaden came out of the block a bit clumsy at first, but then showed her whole class and got better and better towards the end of the race. In 11.41 seconds she took second place at the same time as the Belgian Rani Rosius and was able to look forward to the semi-finals.

A few minutes later, Keshia Kwadwo also followed in the semi-finals. The 21-year-old, who won the U23 European Championships with the relay in 2019, also crossed the finish line in second place and ran a controlled race in 11.55 seconds. Only Klaudia Adamek from Poland was in a class of her own in 11.30 seconds. The semi-finals will be held on Thursday evening.

400 meters | Prelims

Mona Mayer got the day off to a perfect start. The athlete from LG Telis Finanz Regensburg ran a sovereign race over 400 meters on the inner lane, was even in the lead on the home straight and finally only had to let the French Sokhna Lacoste overtake her. In 53.32 seconds she qualified as runner-up for the semi-finals.

Luna Thiel (VfL Eintracht Hannover) first had to tremble to get ahead. On the home straight, the 21-year-old couldn’t place in the top three and therefore couldn’t get a big Q, after 53.63 seconds she crossed the finish line just behind Italian Anna Polinari (53.53 seconds) in fourth. But shortly afterwards the relief: With her time, the German champion from 2019 was one of the four fastest and can therefore prepare for the semi-finals on Friday.

High jump | qualification

Both German athletes will take part in the high jump final on Saturday evening. Both the German U23 champion Lea Halmans (SV Go! Saar 05) and Bianca Stichling (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) achieved the required standards in Tallinn. Lea Halmans jumped the heights 1.68 meters, 1.73 meters and 1.78 meters without fail, she only needed a second attempt from 1.82 meters – but then also jumped this height confidently. No further attempts followed, so that she was one of the six athletes with the daily best height. Vice world champion Yaroslava Mahuchkih (Ukraine) also refrained from further heights.

With 1.78 meters, Bianca Stichling was also able to secure a final ticket. She also mastered 1.68 meters and 1.73 meters without problems, and finally she crossed 1.78 meters in the third attempt. Only 1.82 meters was too high for the 21-year-old.

Discus throw | qualification

Antonia Kinzel (SSV Ulm 1846) was the only German starter to qualify for the discus final on Friday evening. With her 54.43 meters on the third and final attempt, she was the best athlete who could secure a small q. It had already clearly broken the 50-meter mark with 51.50 meters and 54.35 meters.

Eliminated, however, are Leia Braunagel (SCL Heel Baden-Baden) and Michelle Santer (SV Preußen Berlin). With 50.70 meters, Braunagel, second in the U18 World Cup in 2017, finished eighth in her qualifying group and remained just under four meters below her best performance. Michelle Santer was also unable to build on her previous good season performances and fell short of her expectations with 47.75 meters in the first attempt. With further valid attempts, the 21-year-old could not enter herself in the result lists.

Shot put | qualification

With his first attempt, Valentin Moll (LC Rehlingen) scratched the direct qualification mark (19.00 m). At 18.98 meters, he was only just below that and was almost certain of reaching the finals. After a failed attempt, he finally gave up his last push. As the best athlete with a small q, he qualified for the final round.

Eric Maihöfer (VfL Sindelfingen) also achieved his best distance with 18.61 meters in the first attempt. With his third push he was even able to break the 19-meter mark, but in the process he lost his balance and had to step over it. In his qualification group he took second place and was one of the nine athletes who were able to secure a small q. The shot put final takes place in the evening.

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