Gina Lückenkemper is a German track and field athlete who competes in the sprints. She won gold in the 200 metres at the 2015 European Junior Championships. She took part in the 100 metres at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.
|Silver medal||Second place 2018 Berlin||100 m|
|Bronze medal – Third place||2018 Berlin||4 x 100 m relay|
|Bronze medal – Third place||2016 Amsterdam||200 m|
|Bronze medal – Third place||2016 Amsterdam||4 x 100 m relay|
- First German under 11 seconds in 26 years in 100 m
- WM – semi-finalist 100m & WM – fourth (2017)
- Olympia – semi-finalist 200m & Olympia – fourth over 4 x 100m (2016)
- EM – Vice European Champion over 100m (2018)
- EM – Bronze over 4 x 100m (2018)
- EM – Bronze over 200m & 4 x 100m (2016)
- German champion over 100m (2018)
- German champion over 100m & 60m (2017)
- German champion over 200m (2016)
Gina Lückenkemper has risen to the top of the most popular athletes in Germany. She stayed several times under eleven seconds over 100 m. 10.95 is strong, but she believes: There is more! She is a cool, ambitious, carefree and quick in every way. She speaks fast, likes to drive fast, and sprints quickly. She wouldn’t avoid eating a contest either: “I can take part and I wouldn’t be last.” Her great strength is her looseness. “I am a honey cake horse,” she says herself. The powerful 22-year-old has no problems presenting her on the big stage. Others tense up, it grows from them. And do a little dance right before the start – without losing your focus. “She has a clear idea of everything in life,” says trainer Ulrich Kunst.
The Westphalian had already made people sit up and take notice in 2015. At the German U23 championships, she ran exactly to the World Cup norm in 11.25 seconds and was faster than any German under 20 years of age in this millennium. On her World Cup debut, she finished fourth in a strong run-up in 11.34 seconds. She finished fifth with the season. There was gold for the German hopeful, who is always in a good mood, at the U20 European Championship 2015 in Eskilstuna, Sweden, over 200 m – her favorite course because she likes to run the corners. However, she has been skipping the 200 m since 2017, concentrating on the 100 m. However, your goal is to run both routes at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. “We want to really attack again next year and have a plan how we can build it up in the long term” announced Lückenkemper at the beginning of August. She wanted to work intensively on this project with her trainer: “The 200 m definitely didn’t die with us. There is still no catch.”
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar did a candid interview with Gina Lückenkemper Gold medalist 200 metres at the 2015 European Junior Championships and first German to run under 11 seconds in 26 years in 100 meters where she talks about her success story.
Ms. Namita Nayyar:
Your career went to an all-time high when you won gold in the 200 meters at the 2015 European Junior Championships. Share your emotions & challenges in achieving this goal?
To be honest. In my opinion winning gold at European juniors wasn’t my all-time high in my career. It was indeed a tremendous milestone in my career and I was caught up by emotions because my parents have been in Sweden for the competition and it was my first individual international medal. There were some tears but it were tears of pure happiness. My all-time high was winning the silver medal over the 100m at European championships 2018 in Berlin. Competing at
an international Championship in front of my home crowd and doing great in the competition running 10.98 in the semi-final and in the final as well, and winning a medal in the stadium that I love most, having my family and my boyfriend in the crowd.
Let me tell you. That silver felt like gold and I felt like a Rock star. I will forever remember that night and all the emotions. I still start crying seeing videos of that final. Preparing for Europeans 2018 I have been really open about my goals for the championship throughout the whole year. Also, with the press. This means that a lot of people, if not everybody, had expectations! In my discipline you only have one shot to do great. You have to be ready to perform at your highest level on day x. That is the biggest challenge. My mind-set in 2018 was on point. And so was my body. Looking back, I don’t know how I managed to deal with all the pressure mentally. My family and loved ones have been the best support, that’s for sure.
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