Two inches too little
Two inches too little

Two inches too little

Leon Schäfer holds the long jump world record, in Tokyo he wins silver – and can’t be happy about it yet. Verena Schott swims 100 meters chest to bronze.

First jump world record holder Leon Schäfer just missed the gold coup he had hoped for at the Paralympics in Tokyo. The 24-year-old from Leverkusen jumped 7.12 m to silver in the T63 class, while the surprise winner Ntando Mahlangu (South Africa) was five centimeters short in his sixth and best attempt.

“I can’t be happy yet. I got into the competition too late, woke up too late, ”said Schäfer on ZDF:“ On the one hand, I’m happy, but the anger clearly predominates. ”The second German participant Ali Lacin (Berlin) landed with 6.70 m in fifth place.

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Swimmer Verena Schott won her second bronze medal at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. The 32-year-old crossed the finish line on her parade course 100 m chest with a time of 1: 43.61 minutes and saved a whiff of twelve hundredths ahead of fourth-placed Chinese Song Lingling. Schott was about three seconds short of the winner Jelysaveta Mereschko (Ukraine).

“I tried again to increase the frequency in the last 25 meters and just swim really fast and hoped that it would be enough,” said Schott about the tight finish.

Surprising victory

The Cottbus girl surprisingly won bronze on her branch 200 m medley on Thursday, making her the only German medalist in swimming to date. In 2015 she was world champion over 100 m breaststroke and collected a total of four world championship medals.

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Youngster Josia Topf was unable to build on his strong performance from the prelim in the final over 150 m individual medley. The 18-year-old crossed the finish line in the starting class SM3 after 3: 20.35 minutes in sixth place and was a good three seconds above his personal best set in the morning. “I got off to a good start, gave everything right away. That was a bit too much, so I didn’t have the air in the back, ”said the Erlanger.

The only 17-year-old Mira Jeanne Maack (Berlin) came in sixth in the starting class SM4 over 200 m medley in 3: 04.78. Gina Böttcher (Potsdam) over 150 m medley in the same starting class and Justin Kaps (Berlin) over 100 m freestyle in starting class S10 had both missed the finals.

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Sprinter Lindy Ave surprisingly secured the first medal at the Paralympics in Tokyo for the para-athletes on their second day of competition. The 23-year-old from Greifswald won bronze in the class of athletes with cerebral palsy over 100 meters with a personal best of 12.77 seconds behind the victorious Brit Sophie Hahn (12.43) and Darian Faisury Jimenez Sanchez from Columbia (12.49).

For Ave it was the first medal at the second Paralympics. “I never expected that,” said Ave and said, “I’m just happy. It couldn’t have gone better. ”When she crossed the finish line, she was“ not sure whether it would be enough. That’s why I preferred to look at the billboard again before I was happy ”.

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