High jump quartet around Olympic champion Mariya Lasitskene at the start of the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe

Great heights are pre-programmed for the women’s high jump competition at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe on 28th January 2022. In addition to the two top German athletes Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch and Imke Onnen, high jump shooting star Yaroslava Mahuchikh and Olympic champion Mariya Lasitskene have also confirmed their participation in the opening event of the World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold in Karlsruhe. Mariya Lasitskene jumped 2.04 metres – on her second attempt – and in the end placed at the top of the scoreboard at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium. This meant Olympic gold for the first time for the Russian, who currently competes as an Authorised Neutral Athlete under a neutral flag. However, her first international medal was far from being her Olympic victory in August. In addition to being a three-time world and European champion, Lasitskene can also call herself a two-time world and European indoor champion.

Then Lasitskene will meet the current shooting star of the women’s high jump. Because Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who is only 20 years old, is already one of the world-class athletes. Mahuchikh already has bronze at the Tokyo Olympics, silver at the 2019 World Championships in Doha as well as gold at the European Indoor Championships and European U23 Championships last year to her name.

Mariya Lasitskene and Yaroslava Mahuchikh are joined by the two Germans Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch and Imke Onnen. In the Olympic final in Tokyo, the seven-time German champion and six-time indoor champion Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch only managed tenth place. In her last performance at the INIT INDOOR MEETING Karlsruhe in 2018 she came fifth. Imke Onnen finished third at the meeting in 2020. The leap of 1.96 metres was a personal best for the 27-year-old in the indoor arena to this day. Meanwhile, Imke Onnen has already proven that she can win in Karlsruhe: In 2015, she secured one of her two indoor championship titles to date at the German Indoor Championships in the exhibition hall.

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