multisportThe five Swiss stars are to follow in Europe
Will the Swiss delegation of 154 in Munich beat the record 19 medals set in Glasgow and Berlin four years ago? To achieve this, it relies on several safe values. Here are five.
Mujinga Kambundji (track and field, 100m, 200m, 4x100m)
The man from Bern, who was a three-time finalist at the World Championships in Eugene (USA) last July, is coming to Munich pumped up. In Bavaria, the 30-year-old sprinter has three chances (100m, 200m, 4x100m) to better a record that, curiously, only has a continental outdoor medal (bronze in the 100m at Amsterdam 2016). But given her exceptional start to the season – she notably broke Swiss records in the 100m (10”89), 200m (22”05) and became world indoor champion in the 60m (6”96) – it’s a safe bet that Mujinga Kambundji returns to Switzerland with metal around his neck.
Simon Ehammer (athletics, decathlon)
The new phenomenon of Swiss athletics is eagerly awaited in the Olympic Stadium in Munich. The Appenzeller Nugget, specialist for combination and long jump, seems unstoppable since the beginning of the season. After silver in the heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March, the 22-year-old prodigy broke his own national long jump record by 15 centimeters when he landed 8.45m in the decathlon of the Hypo meeting in Götzis (Austria) at the end of May. Simon Ehammer finished his work at the World Championships in Eugene by winning bronze in the length. Does the Swiss youngster still have enough energy to pull off another coup in Germany?
Jolanda Neff (MTB, Cross Country)
At 29, Jolanda Neff has a track record as long as her arm. Olympic champion in cross-country skiing 2021 in Tokyo, world champion in the same discipline in 2017 in Cairns (Australia), Saint-Galloise is aiming for a… fifth continental title – after those of 2015, 2016, 2018, 2019 – at these multisport European Championships in Munich. However, she has to be careful of her compatriots Sina Frei and Linda Indergand, with whom she shared the podium in Japan a year ago. In the absence of Nino Schurter, all eyes will be on Mathias Flückiger, Vice Olympic Champion in Tokyo, and Lars Forster, defending champion.
Stefan Küng (cycling, time trial)
Time trial specialist Stefan Küng can he manage the triple pass on the streets of Munich? Coming off a difficult Tour de France with Groupama-FDJ, the 28-year-old Thurgau has every intention of keeping his continental crown on the clock. The five-time Swiss champion in the specialty, who earned titles in 2020 and 2021, has given up road racing to focus solely on this goal. However, he is not the only Swiss who can shine in this discipline, because Stefan Bissegger, Vice European Champion in the discipline among the hopes 2020, will also be at the start. Among the women, Marlen Reusser, winner of a snake stage on the Grande Boucle and then victim of a concussion, will also defend her title in Bavaria.
Nikita Ducarroz (BMX, freestyle)
The BMX freestyle specialist made a name for herself at the Tokyo Olympics in August 2021. In Japan, the 25-year-old from Geneva won a magnificent bronze medal thanks to a fiery first run. But the price list of the Nice-born with Swiss and American citizenship is not limited to this unique Olympic charm. Two months before the games, Nikita Ducarroz had actually become vice world champion in Montpellier. Then to cap his fantastic 2021 lift with a continental title in November alongside Moscow. It is therefore clear that the Swiss, who is one of the few backflip runners in the world, wants to keep her European Championship title in Munich.
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