Long jump of the women: heptathlon in the sandbox

Long jump of the women: heptathlon in the sandbox

Long jumper Xenia Stolz expects hot competitions this Saturday in Bad Langensalza. She is one of seven German jumpers competing for three Olympic places.

The forecast is sunny and warm, but it can also get heated. Meant is the weather. But also the atmosphere. "It will get down to business," announces Xenia Stolz briskly. And means the long jump meeting on Saturday (14 clock) in Bad Langensalza. Seven of the eight German jumpers who hope to qualify for the Rio Olympics will be in the small town in the Thuringian Basin at the start. There could be tension, but also discharge. "Everybody pushes, everyone will give everything," announces Xenia Stolz.

Seven meters is the dream brand in women's long jump, at 6.70 meters begins the advanced world class. It is at least the measure that counts as a qualification standard for the Olympics. 6.65 meters would be enough for participation in the European Championships in Amsterdam - theoretically at least. But the field is so densely occupied that every single person has to offer more. "I think I can jump 6.80 meters," says Xenia Stolz confidently: "I'm absolutely confident in that." Her record so far is 6.74 meters, Hessen record, set up last year in Bad Langensalza. "Hottest day of the year," as she remembers.

Although Xenia Stolz can cope with all conditions, she likes to warm. She was born in 1989 in Anapa, a seaside resort on the Black Sea, known for its mild, almost Mediterranean climate. At the age of eleven, she moved with her mother from Russia to Germany, initially trained in Treysa, before she moved via Frankfurt and Gelnhausen in 2015 to Wiesbaden. Although she wanted to complete her training as a police commissioner in the Hessian state capital, she also found the right trainer there in Peter Rouhi, which led her to unimagined distances and participation in the European Indoor Championships 2015 and 2015.

The 1.74-meter-tall athlete lives first and foremost on her speed, less on her bounce. "Too many muscles would bother me," she says. Instead, she is careful to keep her competition weight under 60 pounds, so that the "liveliness" is right and they can make start and jump dynamic.

After an intense training camp in Belek, pride feels strong enough to accept the tough competition in the contested discipline. The squad is led by Sosthene Moguenara. The 26-year-old from the LAZ Saar is the only active German in her career to have flown over the magical seven meters (7.04). Shooting star Alexandra Wester follows right behind her: the attractive Cologne girl with model ambitions jumped into the limelight at 6.95 meters in the winter. The only 22-year-old Lena Malkus from Münster has already managed 6.94 meters and is just as "young savages" as Malaika Mihambo, 22, of the LG Kurpfalz. She has 6,90, is missing as the only top Springerin but in Bad Langensalza. The eldest in the field is the Frankfurt-based Claudia Rath, who enjoys a special position at the age of 30, especially since she sets other priorities as a siege fighter. The "middle-aged hares" Melanie Bauschke (Berlin) and Nadja Käther (Hamburg), like Xenia Stolz 27 years old, complete the strong field.

The Wiesbadenerin does not see a big secret behind the long-jump boom: one is driving the other. The jump fight is billed after the German Championships in mid-June: Then the three jumpers are selected to represent Germany at the European Championships and the Olympics. "I'm hopeful," says Xenia Stolz about her chances to be among the top three.

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