Five Top-10 Placements for KIT Athletes at DHM in Frankfurt
- Datum: 11.02.2023
On Wednesday, February 8, 2023, seven KIT students made their way to Frankfurt for the German University Championships in Athletics.
Punctually at 1 p.m., the first students from Karlsruhe also got into the starting block over 60m. However, Maximilian Waldner (7.32 seconds) and Niclas Schmid (7.41 seconds) did not get off to a good start and fell slightly short of their previous season's best times over this distance. Things went better for the two over the 200m distance. Niclas sprinted in 22.78 seconds to 9th place in a strong field of participants. Maximilian in 13th place also had reason to be happy, as the 23.05 seconds meant a new indoor best performance for him.
Joao Cardoso Neves competed over two rounds in Frankfurt. Unfortunately, the race tactic with a slower start, which had been set beforehand, did not pay off in the end. Nevertheless, Joao showed fighting spirit and finished 13th over the 400m in 53.38 seconds.
In the men's competition in the long jump it was not clear for Steffen Klinder before the start whether it would be enough for a place in the final. Through constant improvements from the first to the third jump, Steffen made it to the top 8 athletes. In the final competition, Steffen was able to confirm his personal indoor best in 6.23 m, which he had previously set in the preliminary competition. In the end, the KIT student could look back on the DHM with satisfaction with 7th place and a new house record.
Two KIT students competed in the 800m, where Yannik Probst won the second of three time finals in 1:57.11 minutes. In the third and potentially fastest heat, Alexander Kessler initially lined up at the end of the field and watched the pace of the athletes running in front of him. Lap by lap, the field increased the pace and Alexander fought his way forward and was part of a group of four on the final lap, which was able to break away. On the home stretch, the attack on the inside lane was to follow, but the competitors closed the door, so that in the end it was the unloved fourth place. Nevertheless, Alexander underlined with 1:51.88 seconds that he is ready for the upcoming German Indoor Championships. Yannik ended up in seventh place in the final standings.
Finally, Tobias Kaloghlian went through the 60m hurdles forest twice. Due to a smaller number of participants, the first run was held directly as a final. Here the hurdle sprinter from Karlsruhe unfortunately did not get off to a good start and was subsequently unable to find the optimum rhythm through the hurdles. A good 5th place could not satisfy Tobias nevertheless, with the knowledge that in an optimal race the bronze rank would have been within reach. In a subsequent interlude run Tobias could at least improve his time from the first run (8.74 seconds) to 8.68 seconds.