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Simon Ehammer is world indoor heptathlon champion

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Simon Ehammer is world indoor heptathlon champion

At the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow, Simon Ehammer barely managed to get the gold medal across the finish line in the heptathlon.

World Indoor Championships in Glasgow: Simon Ehammer wins gold in the heptathlon.


(sda) Simon Ehammer wins the heptathlon at the World Indoor Championships in Glasgow. The Appenzeller crowns its most valuable award to date with the Swiss record of 6,418 points.

The 24-year-old added another medal to his list after coming second as an all-around athlete at the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade and the European Championships in Munich in 2022 and third as a long jumper at the World Championships in Eugene.

The Swiss had to fight hard again in the final 1000 m run. The cushion of 153 points or 14 seconds over challenger Sander Skotheim from Norway shrank threateningly to 11 points. Ehammer needed a clear personal best of 2:46.03 minutes to keep the unleashed Skotheim (2:33.23) in check.

The Appenzeller opened the second day with a very strong 7.62 seconds in the 60 m hurdles. After that, he didn’t let anything go wrong in the pole vault. He cleared 5.20 m in his first attempt, after which he narrowly missed his personal best of 5.30 m. Ultimately, Ehammer managed his only weak performance on the second day, the 1.95 m in the high jump on Saturday , still compensate.

Thanks to Ehammer’s strong performance at the end, the Swiss national anthem was heard at an indoor World Championships for the fourth time: in 1991 in Seville thanks to shot putter Werner Günthör, in 1993 in Toronto after the victory of hurdle sprinter Julie Baumann and in 2022 in Belgrade after Mujinga Kambundji’s gold run over 60 m this had already been the case.

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