Maria Laecken

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KAZAN, July 19. /TASS/. The repeated world champion in the high jump Maria Laecken never in his career he won the summer championship of Europe, so the lack of such a title will give them extra incentive to win at the European championship in Berlin, which starts on 6 August. About this Laecken told reporters.

In the asset Laecken victory at the summer world Championships 2015 and 2017 winter world Championships (2014, 2018), winter 2015. The highest achieving athletes at the summer European championship is a silver won at the 2014 tournament in Zurich.

“This is for me an additional incentive to perform in Berlin as best as possible. Why not collect the full set? I have something to strive for,” said Laecken.

July 13, at the stage of “Diamond League” in Rabat, the Russian took the third place, ending a run of 45 wins in a row . “Just one of those days happened, the important thing is that you won’t need to concern myself with what happened, – said Laecken. – Should just forget about that day, which I did. Lesions occur in any person, it is our life, and being sad makes no sense, form is, the target is also present, so we need to go further and work.”

Thursday Laecken managed to defend the title of champion of Russia, jumping in Kazan on 2 meters exactly. “I did not consider it possible to skip the Russian championship, to be the champion of the country is very important to me. I want to jump on the native land and to please their fans. Wanted house to jump and by 2.05 m, set the best result of the season in the world, but it did not, unfortunately”, – summed up the athlete.