Long jump world champion Malaika Mihambo started the indoor season with a moderate 6.52 meters. The 26-year-old from the LG Kurpfalz jumped at the athletics meeting in the Frankfurt Winter Cup on Sunday from a shortened attempt. In the men’s category, Vice European Champion Fabian Heinle from Stuttgart won with 7.94 meters. Three men and three women each flew alternately into the sand pit during the mixed competition.
Mihambo’s best from the 2019 World Cup in Doha is 7.30 meters. On Saturday she finished third over 60 meters. She needed 7.49 seconds and stayed well above her personal best of 7.22 seconds. Lisa Mayer (Wetzlar), who finished fourth in the 2016 season, won the sprint in 7.26 seconds ahead of Yasmin Kwadwo from Paderborn (7.32). Antonia Dellert (Wetzlar) crossed the finish line at the same time as Mihambo.
The 24-year-old Mayer was pleased with her result: “With a 7.26, I haven’t got into the winter too often – and that after the change of coach. So I’m more than satisfied. ” Mihambo emphasized that she was “totally happy” about the opportunity to start. “I have not yet prepared so intensively for the sprint, so the time is okay,” said Germany’s “Sportswoman of the Year”.
The event in the hall in Frankfurt-Kalbach took place without spectators and media representatives under strict hygiene regulations for the athletes. Eintracht Frankfurt wanted to give top athletes in the Corona crisis the opportunity to measure themselves under competitive conditions and qualify for the German indoor athletics championships in Dortmund (February 20/21).