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The road to the World Championships in Eugene and the European Championships in Munich leads via Gotzis! How can German players Sophie Weisenberg and Vanessa Grimm present themselves on the mass meeting arena this weekend? And who is crowned above all in the end? You can read this from discipline to discipline!
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100 meters hurdles | Sophie Weisenberg Cheers
The stadium is full. The sun pushes itself from behind the mountains that are still covered with clouds. And Sophie Weisenberg over there! With a new best time of 13.56sec, the Leverkusen woman made a perfect start on Saturday – a second-round win, 22 hundredth quicker than Ratingen at the start of May and is worth 24 points more than her best seven time away. Vanessa Grimm (Königsteiner LV; 13.95 seconds) was three places behind in her first race of the season, which was 14 hundred less than her time at Götzis from the previous year.
The fastest times went to the athletes in the fourth round, with Kendall Williams (USA; 13.13 seconds) breaking into Olympic silver medalist Anouk Vetter (Netherlands; 13.28 seconds), who started quickly. The third was French Esther Turpin (13.31 seconds). All in all, Sophie Weisenberg (1,041 points) is eighth in the provisional standings with her time, Vanessa Grimm (985 points) is 15th after the first discipline.
high jump | Dual DLV 1.80 m
Eight after the comma separates the best high jumpers from the rest of the field in the Heptathlon. And in Götzis, both DLV athletes managed to beat the magic mark of 1.80 meters! For Vanessa Grimm, it was the first time the bar had been dropped at this level, and her second attempt showed that it shouldn’t be the last stop there in the future. Sophie Weißenberg also missed just 1.83 metres. In the top eight and after two course majors for the best heptathlon, Weißenberg (4th place, 2.019 points) and Grimm (8th place, 1963 points) continued with the shot.
One of the athletes even managed to beat the 1.90-meter mark in Gotzis, and the vice world champion was indoors in the pentathlon, Adriana Solick. The beloved pole celebrated over 1.92 meters and now leads with 2,166 points. Behind them is American Kendall Williams (1.80 m; 2083 points), followed by a new face on the big heptathlon stage: 17-year-old Lisa Maria Lusti of Estonia swung 1.86 m (2031). points). World champion Katharina Johnson-Thompson (Great Britain; 1.77m) has not yet returned to the level of previous years, as was Olympic silver medalist Anouk Vetter (Netherlands) as the last stop after 1.77m.
Shot put | Vanessa Grimm Chasing Forward
Her first throw and so far is only 15m from last year’s meet at Gotzis. This year, Vanessa Grimm similarly approached this mark: with 14.98 metres, Hsien was the second-best hitting racket on the field behind Odile Ahwanuo (Boys; 15.27 metres). Another 858 points gave it fifth place in the provisional standings with 2,821 points and thus the same place it also occupied in the final standings at Gotzis in 2021.
Unfortunately, Sophie Weisenberg (2715 points) fell from fourth to tenth. 12.53 meters and therefore half a meter lower than the last time in Ratingen were included in the results lists. Anouk Vetter (2839 points), who was always good for 15 m, struggled with 14.88 m and was not yet able to threaten captain Adriana Solek (13.79 m; 2946 points). However, the Dutchman now leads the group of chasers, which includes Odile Ahwanwano (2829 points) and Kendell Williams; 13.20 m; 2824 points), only 18 points behind, Vanessa Grimm also counts.
200 meters | DLV duo advances to the top six
Cheers at the start of the day, cheers at the end: Sophie Weisenberg also managed to show her good form in the 200+ meter sprint. In 23.67 seconds, the woman from Leverkusen was faster than ever and six-tenths faster than Ratingen. This brought her back to sixth place (3728 points) with the second best time among all the sevens. 15 points ahead of her: Vanessa Grimm. The Olympic competition struggled all the way to the finish four weeks after contracting coronavirus after 24.62 seconds. After the first day, they are both on their way to 6,300 points.
About 200 points before them is the leader of the first day, her name is Adrianna Sulek. The 23-year-old defended her place at the top with a time of 23.86 seconds with 3,940 points, and on Sunday should clearly surpass her previous record of 6,315 points, set last year at Gotzis. Already nearly 100 points behind, but Anouk Vitter Karami awaits an outstanding spear (23.76 seconds; 3,843 points), who came second at the Olympics, followed by Kendall Williams (USA; 23.77 seconds; 3,827 points). World champion Katharina Johnson-Thompson (23.51sec), ninth on day one, celebrated with little sense of accomplishment, as the fastest 200m sprinter.
Voices on the first day
Vanessa Grimm (Koengsteiner LV)
All in all, I am very happy. Sure, there is still a bit missing over the hurdles and the 200m. Four weeks ago, my corona test came back positive, so it was perfectly fine for the races lost in the competition season. The high jump was great, and I was very happy that the 1.80m was finally over. I don’t know if you noticed: they forgot to level up. I jumped, rejoiced: Yay, 1.80 meters! Then she said: We forgot to go a distance of 1.80 metres. Then I had to go again! But thank God it worked. The shot put, the second farthest shot ever, made me very happy too. I noticed during training that I am really good in technical disciplines. But in terms of the overall load, I couldn’t really appreciate it. So this is actually one of the most beautiful early days I could have ever dreamed of. Of course, the World Cup benchmark is somewhere in the back of my mind, and prior to my positive aura test, my goal was to score 6,420 points. Everything is still possible, everything is still open. But for that, everything should be perfect tomorrow.
Sophie Weisenberg (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen)
I’m really happy with the two best races! I would have liked it a little, even in Ratingen. Now it worked! I am also very happy about the high jump. 1.83m was annoying, but 1.80m was important. I am very disappointed with throwing the ball. But I pulled back a little bit during the high jump. It was very tight, so I didn’t get into throwing the ball and didn’t have a chance to get it out. There is nothing you can do about it, it happens. Tomorrow we have to look again at the javelin, because it also depends on your back. I’m going to the physical therapy department now, maybe I’m sleeping well, well, then I’ll be back again tomorrow. I am actually very optimistic.
Start: 11:45 am
start gr. B: 1:30 pm
start gr. A: 2:40 pm
Start: 4:20 p.m.
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