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Mockenhaupt and Sanchez shine in Pravets

Sabrina Mockenhaupt

Two years after finishing third at the European Cup 10,000m, Germany’s Sabrina Mockenhaupt is the champion. Her winning performance came on a superb night of athletics in Pravets, Bulgaria, on Saturday which showed experience counts for everything. [Read more…]

42 Kilometer Schlacht und Abenteuer

Madrid Marathon

42 Kilometer Schlacht und Abenteuer

oder: Warum ein Marathonlauf die Welt verbessern kann

42 Kilometer durch die Strassen von Madrid. Das ist selbst für einen Autofahrer schon eine ordentliche Distanz, auf den eigenen Füssen zurückgelegt aber für den Körper eine echte Herausforderung. Diogenes von der Töss, Philosoph und Langstreckenläufer aus Leidenschaft, hat sich diesem Kampf mit dem eigenen Körper und seinem inneren Schweinehund immer wieder gestellt und kommt mit einigen Erkenntnissen zurück von seinem aktuellen Abenteuer. [Read more…]

A duel of two champions

Hannover Marathon

Hannover Marathon

The TUI Marathon Hannover will see a duel of two champions on 5th May: While Kenya’s defending champion Joseph Kiptum returns to the race South Africa’s Lusapho April has also been signed by the organisers. April had won in 2011. It will be the target in the women’s race to finally improve the course record to a time well under 2:30. Kenya’s Julia Muraga looks like she has the potential to deliver such a performance. The TUI Marathon Hannover is an IAAF Bronze Label Race. [Read more…]

Germany top medals table

Helsinki Stadium

Helsinki Stadium

Germany topped the medals table at the end of the 21st European Athletics Championships in Helsinki with a total of six golds, six silvers and four bronze medals. [Read more…]

Harting ready for Helsinki

Robert Harting

Robert Harting

Germany’s Robert Harting had understandably been hedging his bets about the 2012 European Athletics Championships until now, following knee surgery last autumn when his recovery initially didn’t progress as well as expected. [Read more…]

Schlangen, Bayer and Spank look to boost Germany

Carsten Schlangen

Carsten Schlangen

Germany has a good chance to stand on top of the medal table at a European Athletics Championships for the first time since reunification in 1990 thanks to an ever increasing number of their top athletes being determined to make their mark in Helsinki this summer. [Read more…]

Hahner sisters, next marathon generation

The Hahner sisters, Germany's next marathon generation?

The Hahner sisters, Germany’s next marathon generation?

Anna Hahner was the runner in the national focus after German marathon races in Duesseldorf and Hamburg on the weekend. Only 22 years old she ran a fine debut,placing sixth at the METRO GROUP Marathon Duesseldorf with 2:30:14. She missed the national qualifying time for the Olympics by a mere 14 seconds but there is still hope that the German selectors will be kind on this occasion and reward her with an Olympic slot. [Read more…]

Mikitenko top European in London

Irina Mikitenko

Irina Mikitenko

Irina Mikitenko produced the best European performance at the 2012 Virgin London Marathon on Sunday when the German runner came home seventh in the women’s race in 2:24:53. [Read more…]

Muller seeks discus double

Nadine Müller

Nadine Müller

For the first time ever, the European Athletics Championships will be held in the same year as the Olympic Games and it is almost inevitable that this summer there will be small group of very privileged and talented individuals who will strike gold at both events. German discus thrower Nadine Müller wants to be part of that elite ensemble. [Read more…]