MUNICH, Germany (Reuters)
Italy’s Olympic champion Marcell Jacobs ended a troubled season on a high when he won the European 100 metres title today (August 16), while local favourite Gina Lueckenkemper won a brilliant women’s race by five thousandths of a second.
Jacobs pulled out of last month’s world championships before the semi-finals after a flare up of the thigh injury that has dogged him all season but he was in command throughout Tuesday’s final as he came home in 9.95 seconds.
Defending champion Zharnel Hughes took silver in 9.99 ahead of fellow Briton Jeremiah Azu (10.13).
It was anything but clear in the women’s race as Swiss Mujinga Kambundji looked to have it won until Lueckenkemper and Briton Daryll Nieta caught her in a blanket finish.
The German, silver medallist four years ago, and Kambundji were both timed at 10.99 seconds but Lueckenkemper edged it by thousandths.
DINA ASHER-SMITH PULLED UP WITH CRAMP
Nieta, who yet again had a sluggish start and failed to match her semi-final time, took bronze in 11.00 but later said she had been cramping up before the race and considered withdrawing. Fellow Briton and defending champion Dina Asher-Smith pulled up with cramp halfway through the race.
Norway’s Jakob Ingebrigtsen retained his 5,000m title in typical style, hitting the front with three laps to go, winding up the pace and then outlasting his only remaining challenger, Spain’s Mohamed Katir, over the last 200m.
Germany’s former world champion Niklas Kaul had the impressive 50,000 crowd roaring as he produced a huge personal best of four minutes 10.04 seconds to win the final 1,500 metres of the decathlon and overhaul Switzerland’s Simon Ehammer, who had a big lead after nine events but finished a distant 38 seconds behind the winner and had to settle for silver.
World record holder and world champion Kevin Mayer of France dropped out on Monday after picking up a thigh injury in the opening 100 metres event.