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About 27,000 spectators at the two-day German Championships in Ulm on 6-7 July saw throwers as strong as ever, sprinters getting into shape for the IAAF World Championships in Moscow and Alyn Camara causing an upset in the Long Jump.

Olympic silver medallist Bjorn Otto was under pressure in the Pole Vault as Olympic bronze medallist Raphael Holzdeppe cleared 5.75m on his first attempt. But Otto showed strong composure as he jumped over the bar at 5.80m, forcing Holzdeppe to raise the bar to 5.85m, which was too high for the 23-year-old.

Otto went on to attempt 5.92m, but had to be content with what was his first ever outdoor national title, despite being just three months shy of his 36th birthday.

World Champion David Storl dominated the Shot competition with his first throw over 21 metres this season. With his winning effort of 21.04m, he moved up to eighth on this year’s world rankings. His next stop will be the Shot meeting in Biberach on Monday, and afterwards he’ll trust in his coach Sven Lang to get him into shape for the World Championships.

Fast times for Reus and Sailer

Julian Reus achieved A standards for Moscow in both the 100m (10.14) and the 200m (20.36) but will probably focus on the shorter distance and the sprint relay at the World Championships.

Verena Sailer clocked the second-fastest time of her career in the 100m, winning in 11.09.

“Today, everything just fitted perfectly,” said the 2010 European champion. “Before the race, I was so excited I almost felt sick warming up. But then I simply enjoyed the race.”

Camara jumps to victory

The big surprise of the championships came from Alyn Camara of Leverkusen who won the Long Jump ahead of the big favourites. He leaped 8.02m in round three before being surpassed in the final round by two-time European indoor champion Sebastian Bayer (8.04m).

But Camara, the last jumper of the competition, fought back and jumped to victory with 8.15m. Christian Reif, the 2010 European champion, finished third with 7.90m.

“Sebastian pushing me in the last round was necessary for me to improve – I didn’t even feel pressure, it was normal tension of a competition,” said Camara. “When I hit the board, I already felt that this was going to be a great jump.”

In the women’s Pole Vault, Martina Strutz impressed with a flawless performance up to the height of 4.60m. A clearance at 4.65m on her second attempt – her best performance since winning the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships – won her the German title ahead of Silke Spiegelburg, who cleared 4.50m. Third place with 4.45m went to 19-year-old Anjuli Knasche, fourth at the World Junior Championships last year.

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