German sprint relay squad break 30 year old record
The German sprint relay are tuning up nicely for the Olympic Games with a new national record in Weinheim of 38.02 on Friday evening.
That takes a huge chunk of 0.27 from the previous record set 30 years ago and makes the squad third fastest in the world this year behind the Americans and Jamaicans.
If they had reproduced that time in the European Athletics Championships they would have won gold by over three tenths of a second. But that is only academic. In the event, they only took silver behind the Netherlands.
The quartet that made history in Weinheim was Julian Reus, Tobias Unger, Alexander Kosenkow and Lucas Jacobczyk, the same four who sped to silver in Helsinki.
It was Reus who also made the headlines in the individual sprint when he shocked the stadium as well as himself with a 10.09 clocking (0.07w), making him the second fastest sprinter in German history. Only Frank Emmelman’s 10.06 from 1985 is faster.
“I can’t even understand it myself,” Reus told Leichtathletik.de. “For a run like that, absolutely everything has to be just right. I have flirted with dipping under 10.20 before, but a time like that surprises even me.” Behind Reus, Unger clocked 10.20, Jakubczyk 10.25 and Kasenkow 10.31.
After a disappointing European Athletics Championships in the individual sprint, Verena Sailer also shocked herself with a career best 11.05 (1.4w): “That was a surprise,” said the former European champion. “I am ready for London and really looking forward to it.” That time shaves 0.05 off Sailer’s previous best and title winning run from Barcelona 2010.
Sailer saved her championships in Helsinki when she anchored the German quartet to gold in the third fastest time in the world this year of 42.51.
Behind Sailer in Weinheim were Anne Cibis (11.17), Tatjana Pinto (11.31) and Leena Guenther (11.41).
On an evening of records, in the 110mh Mattias Buehler shaved 0.01 off his previous best from three years ago to win with 13.35: “I’m in good shape and wanted to show it,” said Buehler, though he did add a rider: “But naturally the conditions here are completely different to London.”
In the absence of Carolyn Nytra, Cindy Roleder won the 100mh in 13.04: “I’m pleased, of course, but I would have liked to have gone under 13sec,” she said. “If I get into the semis in London, I will give it everything and go for it.”