After his election as "Sportsman of the Year", Niklas Kaul expressed sympathy for the many winter aces who, despite great successes at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing, were left empty-handed in all three categories. "I'm just sorry for the athletes," said the European decathlon champion.
In the opinion of the 24-year-old from Mainz, such an election always plays into when and under what conditions a major event took place. "There was a time difference of seven hours at the Winter Games. So you couldn't follow it that well. In addition, the political situation was difficult and also the Corona situation. As a result, the sporting euphoria didn't arise that much," said Kaul.
The track and field athletes, on the other hand, aroused a lot of emotions with their appearances at the home European Championships in Munich, which was also reflected in the results of the athletes' election, which was held for the 76th time. In the women's race, European sprint champion Gina Lückenkemper won ahead of long jump world champion Malaika Mihambo, and in the teams, the women's 4x100 meter relay finished second behind the soccer players from Eintracht Frankfurt. "We were just lucky with Munich this year," said Kaul.
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