A FIFTH DIAMOND FOR VULETA
The family name Vuleta appeared at the top of a Diamond League result list for the first time this year. But the athlete is well known, of course. Serbia’s Ivana Vuleta (32), née Španović, collected four Diamond Trophies between 2014 und 2021. 6.97m sufficed to grab a fifth diamond, maybe partly because it was not a great night for Olympic and world champion Malaika Mihambo (GER), who placed fourth.
A richly deserved first Diamond Trophy went to Olympic and European champion Miltiadis Tentoglou (GRE). He jumped 8.42m in his final attempt – a formidable triumph. Runner-up Marquis Dendy (USA, 8.18m) came closest to challenge him.
The number five played role for two other long jumpers, as well: Decathlete Simon Ehammer and heptathlete Annik Kälin both competed in their strongest individual event. Both placed fifth. Whereas world championship bronze medallist Ehammer (7.93m) had expected more, Kälin, a European championship bronze medallist, achieved her best result in an international long jump competition.
VULETA VS MIHAMBO AT LETZIGRUND STADIUM
In 2021, the two top long jumpers Malaika Mihambo (28) and Ivana Vuleta-Spanovic (32) clashed on Sechseläutenplatz. Vuleta was the one to take the trophy. Tonight, the German Olympic champion and two-time world champion and Serbia’s new European champion compete at Letzigrund Stadium. Mihambo, whose father was born in Zanzibar, was named athlete of the year in her home country in 2019, 2020, and 2021. The entry list for the long jump final event also features Annik Kälin (22). The young Swiss heptathlete won bronze in Munich. Her strongest event is the long jump.
EHAMMER FEARS NO ONE
Simon Ehammer (22), one of Switzerland‘s young stars, clearly starts to feel at home on the sport’s world stage, both as a decathlete and a long jumper. As he was one his way to win a silver medal at the in Munich, Miltiadis Tentoglou (24), snatched the world best performance in the long jump from him by jumping 8.52m. Ehammer, long jump bronze medallist in Eugene, vowed to win it back. Tonight would be a great opportunity to do just that, wouldn’t it? He did defeat the Greek Olympic champion, world championship silver medallist and two-time European champion in 8.00m recently – in the pouring rain.
Olympic Champion: Malaika MIHAMBO (GER) 7.00
World Champion: Malaika MIHAMBO (GER) 7.12
European Champion: Ivana VULETA (SRB) 7.06
World Lead: Brooke BUSCHKUEHL (AUS) 7.13
Olympic Champion: Miltiadis TENTOGLOU (GRE) 8.11
World Champion: Wang JIANAN (CHN) 8.36
European Champion: Miltiadis TENTOGLOU (GRE) 8.52
World Lead: Miltiadis TENTOGLOU (GRE) 8.52