In the 1500 meters, Jakob Ingebrigtsen, Olympic champion over the distance, retained his European title in Munich on Thursday in 3’32”76, at the same time setting the record for the Championships, held since 1994 by Fermin Cacho. As in 2018, he managed the 1500m-5000m double. The Norwegian beat Briton Jake Heyward (3’34”44) and Spaniard Mario Garcia (3’34”88), in a race where Frenchman Azeddine Habz took tenth place (3’40 ”92).
“It’s a somewhat complicated final, explained the Frenchman. JI was ready for all scenarios. As soon as Jakob passed I got behind. There was water that bothered me. I was hoping to do better but that’s how you learn. »
Olympic champion and world champion in the length Malaika Mihambo, at home in Munich, will have to settle for silver. The German has been overtaken since the start of the competition by the 7.06 m of the Serbian Ivana Vuleta. Briton Jazmin Sawyers took bronze on the last try with 6.80m (+1m/s), pushing Ukrainian Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk (6.76m, +0.1m/s) off the podium. Very regular around 6.40 m, the French Yanis David finished 8th with a best jump at 6.51 m (-2.3 m/s).
Marco Tamberi crowned in height
At the height, the track was still wet following a heavy downpour at the start of the competition. Five of the thirteen finalists, including Frenchman Sébastien Micheau, did not pass the first bar at 2.18 m. Italian Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi was the only one to clear 2.30m and attempted a try at 2.32m, then another at 2.33m before ending his contest. The German Tobias Potye (2.27m) and the Ukrainian Andriy Protsenko (also 2.27m) won the silver and bronze medals.
Heptathlon star Nafissatou Thiam dominated in Munich. The Belgian, Olympic champion and reigning world champion, comfortably won with 6628 points ahead of the Polish Adrianna Sulek (6532 pts) and the Swiss Annik Kälin (6515).
Konstanze Klosterhalfen crowned in 5000m
The French Manon Trapp finished in 19th place in the 5000 meters, a race won by the German Konstanze Klosterhalfen after 14’50”47 of effort and a breathtaking last 200 meters. With a time of 16’15”44, the Habs finished last of the women who reached the finish line, after the withdrawals of Alina Reh, Karoline Bjerkeli Grovdal and Sarah Lahti. Turkey’s Yasemin Can (14’56”91) and Britain’s Eilish McColgan (14’59”34) completed the podium.