Monastery Halves powder 5000-meter record

Konstanze Klosterhalfen

Konstanze Klosterhalfen Record:


Konstanze Klosterhalfen has ensured the outstanding result on the first day of the German Athletics Championships. She improved the 5000-meter record by more than 15 seconds.

Konstanze Klosterhalfen has ensured another bang and stormed to the next German record. At the German Championships in Berlin, the 22-year-old from Leverkusen over 5000 meters in 14: 26.76 minutes more than 15 seconds below the previous best of Irina Mikitenko in 1999 (14: 42.03).

I wanted to run fast and see what happens, I'm super happy that it worked that way, "said Klosterhalfen, who broke her personal best by almost 25 seconds.

Klosterhalfen had already dropped off shortly after the start and then ran a lonely race. At the finish, she was just under 53 seconds ahead of second-placed Alina Reh (15: 19.42).

At the end of June, Klosterhalfen, for whom it was the first national 5000-meter title, had pushed the 3,000-meter German record held by Mikitenko by more than ten seconds to 8: 20.07 minutes.

Monk Halfen, who trains in Oregon / USA, had last brought the German championship title over 1500 meters three times in a row. On her parade route, the 22-year-old is not in Berlin on Sunday.

Last year, Klosterhalfen, sponsored by Leipzig's RB manager Oliver Mintzlaff, finished fourth at the European Championships in Berlin in the 5000s.

Their significant performance increases, however, have also caused suspicion. Klosterhalfen has so far vehemently rejected doping claims.

Their training camp at the Nike Oregon Project in Portland, however, has been suspected more often. Amongst others, Great Britain's exception runner Mo Farah trains there.

Storl still without norm, L├╝ckenkemper misses hat-trick


The two-time shot put World Champion David Storl has meanwhile missed his ninth title in German outdoor championships.

The 29-year-old from Leipzig was late in the athletics season due to back complaints and came in the Olympic Stadium with 19.77 meters only in third place.

This Storl again missed the standard for the World Cup in late September in Doha / Qatar. Simon Bayer was the champion of VfL Sindelfingen with 20.26 meters.

However, the responsible athletes of the German Athletics Federation had already made it clear before the competition that Storl will have time until the international nomination deadline of September 6 to provide the qualifying distance of 20.70 meters.

Michael Pohl and Tatjana Pinto have secured the titles over the prestigious 100 meters. Pohl surprisingly prevailed in the men in 10.27 seconds before defending champion Kevin Kranz (10.29) and the German record holder Julian Reus (10.30), in the women won Pinto in German annual best with 11.08 seconds.

Vice European Champion Gina L├╝ckenkemper missed her title hat-trick in second place. The 22-year-old narrowly defeated third-placed Malaika Mihambo after 11.20 seconds (11.21). The long jump expert is aiming for a double start in Doha.

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