Shot putter Sara Gambetta secured her first title at this year’s German Athletics Championships in Berlin. In the all-around, gymnast Lukas Dauser repeated his previous year’s success.
Shot putter Sara Gambetta (left) defended her German championship title, as did gymnast Lukas Dauser.
The defending champion from SV Halle won on Thursday in front of the Brandenburg Gate with 18.67 meters and won the national championship title for the third time. Gambetta wasn’t entirely satisfied with her performance afterwards, but said: “It was fun in front of goal, it’s very historic here. I think we gave the spectators a good fight.”
Maisch comes second and qualifies for the World Championships
Second place went to Katharina Maisch from LV 90 Erzgebirge with just five centimeters less, who also surpassed the World Cup norm. Third was Julia Ritter from TV Wattenscheid 01 with 18.25 meters. The best German shot putter for years, Christina Schwanitz, ended her career four months ago after the national indoor championships in Leipzig.
This Friday, the men will determine their masters in the shot put arena specially built for these two competitions in front of the Berlin landmark. All other disciplines then take place on Saturday and Sunday as part of the finals in the Berlin Olympic Stadium.
However, the championships suffer from a few prominent failures. Three weeks before the World Championships in Eugene in the USA, javelin thrower Johannes Vetter is missing because of an inflammation in his shoulder, as well as long-distance runner Konstanze Klosterhalfen after a corona infection and steeplechase runner Gesa Krause because of severe cold symptoms.
Dauser defends all-around title
Gymnast Lukas Dauser defended his German championship title in the all-around thanks to a world-class performance on his parade apparatus, the horizontal bar. After a weak start, the Olympic silver medalist overtook the competition and repeated last year’s victory in the finals. He prevailed over Philipp Herder from Berlin and Glenn Trebing from Hanover.
“I wanted to find a good start to the season. I managed to do that with six exercises without a fall. I had to fight on parallel bars, but in the end I got the high bar really well,” said the 29-year-old on the ARD microphone.
Nguyen’s comeback fails
The competition was disappointing for Marcel Nguyen. The 34-year-old fell prematurely on parallel bars, on which he had won Olympic silver like Dauser ten years ago, and missed the final. The two-time European champion, who will continue his career, had just fought back after a cruciate ligament rupture – and did not complete a complete all-around, but only performed gymnastics on three out of six apparatus. With the daily best of 13,800 points on the rings, Nguyen qualified for the individual final on Saturday.
Adam wins in women
In the women’s category, Leonie Adam dethroned her Stuttgart club colleague Aileen Rösler, who had secured the national title last year and was third this time. Second place went to Maya Möller from Dietzenbach.
Wellbrock swims to the 1500 meter freestyle title
As expected, swimmer Sarah Wellbrock won the German championship title over 1500 meters freestyle with a large lead and in a time well below her ability. The 28-year-old scored on Thursday after 16:29.25 minutes and won ahead of Fabienne Wenske and Julia Barth.
decisions in canoe racing
The Canadian duo Lina Bielicke from Karlsruhe and Nico Pickert from Linden-Dahlhausener KC won the first decision in canoe racing. In a mixed team of two, they prevailed on Thursday on the short sprint distance against former Leipzig world champion Peter Kretschmer, who rode with Anette Wehrmann from Neubrandenburg. Third place went to Tim Hecker from Berlin with Lisa Jahn from Müggelheimer SC. Hecker relegated his actual boating partner Sebastian Brendel to fourth place. The three-time Olympic champion from Potsdam rode with young club colleague Selina Gerchel.