Long jump Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo started the World Cup season with a thick exclamation mark. The competition can only be amazed.
Birmingham/Cologne (SID) You could take it easy. European champion. World champion. Olympic champion. What else should come? But Malaika Mihambo is just getting going, after her flight to 7.09 m in the first long jump competition of the World Cup season, she said at Sky: “I really feel like never before. I think there is definitely Even more. “
These sentences had to sound like a threat in the ears of their extensive competitors. Had they hoped that Mihambo loses a bit after all the titles of the past few years, they deeply disappointed the meeting of the Diamond League in Birmingham.
7.09 m! A sentence with an exclamation mark. Nine centimeters further than with her dramatic Olympic victory in Tokyo last summer and the sign that the gold medals at the World Cup in Eugene/Oregon (July 15th to 24th) and the European Championship in Munich (August 15 to 21) actually only can go to Mihambo.
Because: The 28-year-old also apparently got her problems with the attempt. If she was far over last season, or gave away many centimeters on the board, the timing was back in Birmingham. “Now it feels like I was in a good mood as in 2019 when I could dominate,” said Mihambo. Another sentence with exclamation mark.
Malaika Mihambo: sentence lets the competition tremble
And a sentence that makes her competitors tremble. European European champion Maryna Bech-Romantschuk from Ukraine (6.66) and indoor world champion Ivana Vuleta from Serbia (6.54) jumped afterwards. Mihambo, on the other hand, continues at the time of the season than in 2019 when she showed her most jumps to the DM in Berlin (7.16) and the World Cup in Doha (7.30).
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How far can the season highlights go this year? Heike Drechsler’s German record is 7.48 m, the world record of Galina Tschistjakowa at 7.52 m – not even far away for Malaika Mihambo. There is always more “still in” than when you start your season.