Πέμπτη, 14 Αυγούστου 2014

If there is one athlete who has been setting the Letzigrund alight during these championships, it is Switzerland’s Mujinga Kambundji.
The 22-year-old from Berne has quite simply taken the stadium by storm just as much as the spectators have taken her to their hearts.
In the first few days of these championships, Kambundji has singlehandedly put Swiss sprinting back on the map first and foremost with the quality of her performance, backed up by an engaging smile.

In the 100m heats she produced the first roar by reducing her own national record by 0.01to 11.32, but then demolished it with a storming semi-final blast of speed bringing it down to a more than respectable 11.20.
“This is incredible!” was her reaction. “I did not expect such a great time! I am very happy.”
That time places her amongst the European elite, but there was more to come in the final on a damp Wednesday evening when she flew down the track to grab fourth spot only just missing out on a medal by the slender margin of 0.08.
“Mega happy” was how Kambundji described her mood. “I hadn’t reckoned on getting to the final.”
But the story does not end with the short sprint. The morning after the 100m final, Kambundji lined up yet again, this time in the 200m.

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