Malaika Mihambo

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Malaika Mihambo
Malaika Mihambo (2013 World Championships in Athletics) 02.jpg
Mihambo in 2013
Personal information
NationalityGerman
Born (1994-02-03) 3 February 1994 (age 25)
Heidelberg, Germany[1]
Height1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Weight55 kg (121 lb)
Sport
Country Germany
SportAthletics
Event(s)Long jump
Coached byRalf Weber

Malaika Mihambo (born 3 February 1994) is a German athlete, and the current world champion in long jump.

Career[edit]

She finished ninth at the 2011 World Youth Championships, then competed at the 2012 World Junior Championships and the 2013 World Championships, without reaching the final.[2] She also won the gold medal at the 2013 European Junior Championships, and finished fourth at the 2014 European Championships. She won her first senior major event at the 2014 European Team Championships, setting the new championship record with a jump of 6.90 metres. In 2015, she won the gold medal at the European U23 Championships and finished sixth at the World Championships. She narrowly missed a medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics, finishing fourth, but won the bronze medal at the 2016 European Athletics Championships. In 2018, she finished fifth at the World Indoor Championships and became European champion. Mihambo won the IAAF Diamond League and became world champion in 2019.

Her personal best in long jump is 7.30 metres, achieved in Doha on 6 October 2019. She represents the club LG Kurpfalz.

Personal life[edit]

Her mother is German, and her father is Tanzanian from Zanzibar.[3] She studied political science at the University of Mannheim.[4]

Major competitive record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Germany
2011 World Youth Championships Lille, France 9th Long jump 5.81 m
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 14th (q) Long jump 6.15 m
2013 European Junior Championships Rieti, Italy 1st Long jump 6.70 m
World Championships Beijing, China 18th (q) Long jump 6.49 m
2014 European Team Championships Braunschweig, Germany 1st Long jump 6.90 m, CR
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 4th Long jump 6.65 m
2015 European U23 Championships Tallinn, Estonia 1st Long jump 6.73 m
World Championships Beijing, China 6th Long jump 6.79 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 3rd Long jump 6.65 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th Long jump 6.95 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th Long jump 6.64 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 1st Long jump 6.75 m
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, United Kingdom 4th Long jump 6.83 m
European Team Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st Long jump 7.11 m w
World Championships Doha, Qatar 1st Long jump 7.30 m, WL

References[edit]

  1. ^ Christian Beister: „Mein Traum ist es, im Finale zu springen“. In: Schwetzinger Zeitung, 9 August 2013, p. 28.
  2. ^ Malaika Mihambo at IAAF
  3. ^ Wolfgang Scheerer: „ Toleranz, Teamgeist, Erfolg“ In: Südwest Presse, 28 August 2015.
  4. ^ Malaika Mihambo ist „Sportstipendiatin des Jahres“ 2014 In: uni-mannheim.de, 12 September 2014

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