At the World Cup in the USA, Konstanze Klosterhalfen can still clearly see the consequences of a coronavirus infection. In front of the home crowd at the European Championships in Munich, the Rhinelander presented herself in better form over 10,000 meters, but she was no longer able to keep up with the Turkish Can with seven laps to go.
Three weeks after her disappointment at the World Championships, Konstanze Klosterhalfen was unable to reward herself with a medal for a strong performance at the European Championships. The 25-year-old had to settle for fourth place in the Munich Olympic Stadium over 10,000 meters. In 31:05.21 minutes, Klosterhalfen, who started for Bayer Leverkusen, showed a significant improvement compared to the World Championships, but was around 20 seconds short of bronze.
Victory at the European Championships in 30:32.57 minutes went to Yasemin Can, who started for Turkey and for whom it was their third European title overall. Briton Eilish McColgan took silver ahead of defending champion Lonah Chemtai Salpeter from Israel. Alina Reh finished the competition in eighth place.
"I had imagined it a little differently. That's why there is a bit of disappointment. Unfortunately, I couldn't keep up with the speed increase," said the German record holder on ZDF.
At the World Championships in her adopted home USA, Klosterhalfen, weakened by a coronavirus infection at the end of June, missed the final over 5000 meters. At the Diamond League meeting in Chorzow, she had finished seventh over 3000 meters in the run-up to the European Championships and felt in better shape than in Eugene. After the race over 10,000 meters, the woman from Leverkusen will also start over 5,000 meters in Munich, where the medals will be awarded on Thursday. She was able to win bronze at the 2019 World Championships on this route.