EC in athletics: HSV sprint duo reach for the stars in Munich

Status: 14/08/2022 08:04

Same name, same club, same goal – they just don’t go together. Owen Ansah and Lucas Ansah-Peprah belong to the new generation of German sprinters – and have big plans for the EC in athletics in Munich.

“Maybe the ten seconds will drop here in Munich if it goes well. I felt very good in training.” boom That’s a message. Owen Ansah speaks big words calmly. A German sprinter has never officially stayed under the magic mark; The German record for Julian Reus over 100 meters has been 10.01 seconds since 2016. However, the 21-year-old is part of a new generation of sprinters capable of this coup – though perhaps not yet at the European Championships.

“Give the audience a good show”

With 10.08 and 10.09 seconds, the German champion delivered two strong times over 100 and 200 meters this year and has stabilized at a high level. His HSV teammate Lucas Ansah-Peprah, who happens to have a similar name, even improved to 10.04 seconds in early July.

And it won’t be like that: “I want to break my personal record, get to the final and put on a good show for the spectators in my own country,” emphasizes the 22-year-old, who as number four on Europe’s best-of-the-year list , also reached the semi-finals on Tuesday (August 16, 2022) is in the same position as his mate Owen (seventh place). Julian Wagner (LC Thüringen) completes the strong 100 meter trio.

No training world champions, but competition types

Carefree but focused, the two hamburgers, who now train in Mannheim and continue to compete for HSV, pursue their ambitious goals – and are real competitive types at the same time. “We’re not necessarily world champions in training, but we provoke each other and push each other that way. We just want to run fast and enjoy the competition,” says Lucas Ansah-Peprah.

Both describe their relationship on the pitch as “healthy competition”. “When we get on the track, we’re not friends. Everyone’s concentrating on their race. But then we support each other again,” says Owen Ansah.

Ex-long jumper Bayer is a coach and role model

Coach Sebastian Bayer has a fine hand with his two talents, who advanced to the top of the national sprint circuit last year. Since 2019, the 36-year-old, once a world-class athlete himself and with 8.71 m long jump European record holder in the hall, has looked after the hopeful Hamburg sprint duo. “He looks at us when we’re not doing so well or when we get nervous in a competition. We benefit a lot from his experience,” says Owen Ansah, “One day we want to be as successful as our coach. “

The coach is convinced of his protégés. And also, “that they broke the ten seconds over 100 meters and the German record over 200 meters (20.20 seconds, ed.) in yourself”. The personal best time for Owen Ansah, who also starts over 200 meters in his EC debut, is 20.35 seconds.

German record with the DLV quartet

After all, the two HSV sprinters already have a German record in their pocket: At the beginning of June, they beat the record to 37.99 seconds with the DLV relay. “I’m looking forward to burning something with the guys in Munich. We’re trying to break our German record again. The changes in Regensburg weren’t ideal, we want to do better now,” said Owen Ansah.

Relay medal is possible

The unfortunate lead at the WC in Eugene is also ticked off under “learning money”. The cards will be shuffled in Munich, and the German quartet can fight for a medal – maybe even the title. “I’m not here to do larifari. I want to run fast and show that I can be counted on in the coming years,” emphasizes Lucas Ansah-Peprah.

Summer Games in Paris the goal

Because in perspective, the goal is Paris 2024. And of course the Olympics beyond that. “I’m still young. I want to continue to develop like this, have an individual start in Paris, go a few laps further and continue to do sports until 2032, also with the relay and the boys,” Owen Ansah tells his ambitious and clear plans for the future.

Home EM “a one-time thing”

But now it’s time for the home EC. “A European Championship in your own country is a unique thing,” emphasizes Lucas Ansah-Peprah. “I hope the audience goes crazy when I’m introduced. When a lot of people cheer me on, it pushes me even more,” emphasizes Owen Ansah. And then maybe the (almost) impossible is possible.


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