Nafi Thiam has Friday at the european CHAMPIONSHIPS of athletics in Berlin re-written history. After a neck-to-nekrace with the British Katarina Johnson-Thompson won the gold in the internet. “I have the utmost out of myself trying to catch up, because I didn’t want to regret leave here,” said the 23-year-old Thiam afterwards.
The Wereldatlete of the Year after her olympic gold and world championship title is now also a european CHAMPIONSHIP for the first time on the highest spot. In the zevenkampgeschiedenis were previously only the British Jessica Ennis-Hill and the Swedish Carolina Klüft in that grand slam. “Three years ago, I never imagined that three titles to combine. This is just crazy!”, said the pupil of Roger Lespagnard. “What now? I will continue to try to get my limits. Every day I try to be better.”
“I am extremely happy. It is a difficult two-day, many have to me doubted”, he continued, the porte de Namur. “It was not a bad first day, it was just okay. However, I felt very good. Last night I said when leaving the stadium and told myself that I was able to put that title to grab. I have the utmost out of myself trying to catch up, because I didn’t want to regret leave here.”
After a volatile first day, with a – to her standards – a disappointing performance in the high jump and set a PR in the shot put, moisture Thiam an intense duel with Johnson-Thompson. Especially thanks to a good throw in the javelin, she knew the British Friday to keep. “For the 800m, I had about thirteen seconds ahead of Katarina. I knew that if I my race would be well to organize, the best would be possible. I got off to a good start, then slammed someone against my leg. That broke my rhythm a little bit. But the most important is the good outcome.”
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