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Gold Emma vomited before the final run!

This woman is insane!

Third race, third victory for Emma Hinze (24) at the European Championships in Munich. After the team sprint and time trial over 500 m, the woman from Cottbus also won the sprint. In the final, the five-time world champion defeated French Mathilde Gros (23) in three runs. In the end, the finish photo has to decide, because the German was ahead by millimeters.

Hinze: “I’m through all emotions today. I didn’t expect to win. My stomach didn’t cooperate at all. I threw up, cried and thought I couldn’t do this. I couldn’t eat anything, I was throwing up so often and I knew something was wrong with my stomach.”

So also before the final run.

For Germany it was the sixth track gold at this European Championship. Except for one pursuer Nicolas Heinrich (20), only women won. And he is trained by record world champion and double Olympic champion Kristina Vogel (31).

But Hinze will not get the fourth gold on Tuesday in Keirin. Even after her sprint victory she had to vomit. “The overall stress of the last few days has taken its toll on her, so we want to protect her for health reasons,” said national coach Jan van Eijden (46).

Hinze also sees it this way: “It’s enough for me. I’ve gone over my limit very often. I want to be good at the World Cup in October, I don’t have to risk that.”

“I stuffed gels in here, but they came out again. I didn’t really have any strength,” says Hinze. Why did she still win? “I think Mathilde drew the one and thought she had won.” The one means she has to be on the track before her opponent.

However, she and her opponent had to wait a long time for their final run. The third run was postponed by 45 minutes because of a mass fall in the points race of the women’s Omnium, because the Greek Argiro Milaki (30) and Hanna Solowej (30) from Ukraine received medical treatment on the track before they came to the hospital.

Emma Hinze can hardly believe her luck. The Cottbus native is the most successful athlete at the European Championships

Photo: Pavel Golovkin/AP

Two of the other three who fell completed the competition, the Hungarian Kitti Borissza gave up injured, but was able to go off the track herself. According to initial information, she also went to the hospital with a suspected broken collarbone.

“The long break definitely didn’t harm Emma, ​​otherwise the third run might have ended differently. She just didn’t feel good today,” said van Eijden. “I thought it was really bad how long the girls lay there. But you have to push that away from yourself.”

Emma Hinze (left) only had her bike ahead of Mathilde Gros by a centimeter

Emma Hinze (left) only had her bike ahead of Mathilde Gros by a centimeter


Hinze’s body was able to recover over time. “Eating, drinking, listening to music and going to the toilet, I did all that.” And then I won.

Maximilian Dörnbach (26) had previously won bronze in the 1000 m time trial. The man from Erfurt was only beaten by Frenchman Melvin Landerneau (24/59.975 seconds) and Italian Matteo Bianchi (20/1:00.089) in a time of 1:00.225 minutes.