European Championships: Heptathlon duo quarrels after shot put

Status: 08/17/2022 8:27 p.m

As expected, a medal for the German duo Sophie Weißenberg and Carolin Schäfer is a long way off in the European Heptathlon. The shot put confirmed that.

Sophie Weißenberg covered her face with her hands after the shot put. The young player from Leverkusen had thrown the ball 13.26 meters – that was a long way short of her expectations. Her colleague Carolin Schäfer, who managed 13.68 meters, did little better in this discipline.

Schäfer – expected to be further ahead than Weißenberg in the overall result, is tenth in the classification with 2742 points after the third discipline. At this point she has 110 points fewer than at the Tokyo Olympics when she finished seventh. Weißenberg is one point behind in eleventh place. For them, the score is still in the satisfactory range. In the evening, the 200-meter run marks the end of the first day.

Strong over the hurdles

After a very good start in the European Athletics Championships in Munich, Schäfer fell back after the second discipline. The runner-up at the 2017 World Championships and third at the 2018 European Championships finished tenth after the high jump after running the fifth best time over the 100-meter hurdles in 13.39 seconds on Wednesday (08/17/2022).

The second German starter Sophie Weißenberg finished in 13.72 seconds with the eighth best time, but thanks to 1.80 meters in the high jump she moved up to shared fourth place. Schäfer crossed 1.74 meters.

Belgian Thiam outstanding

The outstanding Olympic champion and world champion Nafissatou Thiam from Belgium managed 1.98 meters and clearly led the ranking after two disciplines with 2285 points.

The 30-year-old Schäfer from Frankfurt had canceled the World Championships in July due to a lack of training and planned to be among the top six athletes for the European Championships. The 24-year-old Weißenberg from Bayer Leverkusen dropped out of the World Championship heptathlon in Eugene after three failed attempts in the long jump.

The Olympic bronze medalist Emma Oosterwegel was unlucky. The Dutchwoman fell while hurdling and gave up.

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