Zeyen:wedding postponed, para history written

Zeyen:wedding postponed, para history written

Annika zeyen postponed her wedding planned for this summer to make a piece of paralympics history. The plan worked. And when she actually won paralympics gold in the second summer sport, her fiance was the first congratulator.

From england, he called a colleague zeyens and loved to be put through. "It does when you have colleagues at the finish line," said zeyen, who works as brand manager for the international paralympic committee (IPC).

Her victory in the time trial on a successful german cycling day with eight medals was unusual not only because she is the only IPC employee to compete in tokyo and the only one ever to win a title. But also because the paraplegic from bonn had won gold in wheelchair basketball in 2012. "To win gold in two different sports is unbelievable. You can’t top that," said the 36-year-old, who has only been racing internationally on handbikes for two and a half years.

Emotional morning

It was the sporting highlight of a very emotional day from a german point of view on the former formula 1 track at the foot of fuji. Jana majunke (cottbus) won gold at the age of 21 in the three-wheel race. Her 23-year-old club colleague angelika dreock-kaser, who competed in the paralympics for the first time after a stroke, took bronze and dedicated the medal to her husband, who died four weeks ago. "He’s in my heart," said dreock-kaser: "he wanted me to be here so badly. And he was so happy that we will win a medal."

The bronze medal for kerstin brachtendorf was also very moving. The 49-year-old, who rides with an immobilized ankle, had undergone a fracture operation just 19 days earlier. "I went from the training camp three weeks ago directly to the operating room. Everything had already been canceled in my head," said the athlete from cottbus, "and now I’m standing here with a medal. This is unbelievable."After an occlusion of the internal iliac artery she had a stent inserted.

Vico merklein (nendorf) won silver in the handbike, his best time trial result ever. In the C3 class, steffen warias and matthias schindler from munich won silver and bronze, respectively. Third at the paralympics debut was like schindler angelika dreock-kaser (cottbus). Fahnentrager michael teuber (munich) was also happy with bronze, even though he missed out on his fourth title in a row. On the other hand, multitalented andrea eskau (magdeburg) described her fifth place after leading in the first round as "very annoying and sad". It was the 16th. Medal for the eight-time paralympic champion would have been in summer or winter. In the athletics stadium, meanwhile, sebastian dietz (bay oeynhausen) was delighted to win a bronze medal in the shot put.

But the headlines on tuesday belonged to annika zeyen. Because in times of professionalization in para-sports, victories in two such unimaginable sports are actually hardly feasible. "Even as a basketball player, i always rode a handbike for my endurance. So it wasn’t all that far-fetched," zeyen said with a laugh. When she ended her basketball career in 2016, she nevertheless first tried her hand at track and field as a wheelchair racer. "It was fun, but i couldn’t continue due to injury," she said: "today i’m overjoyed that i chose the handbike."She had never won a time trial before. "Today was a really good moment for it," she said happily.

End of basketball

She had given up basketball so that she no longer had to follow the training times of the club and the national teams. "In singles you don’t train less, but more flexible", she said. And although the two sports are fundamentally different at first glance, she took a lot away from her first career. "I have been a competitive athlete for many years," she said. "I know what it means to struggle. And I am very ambitious and eager to train."

That’s why even the wedding was postponed after the games were cancelled due to corona the year before. But now annika zeyen will walk down the aisle as a double paralympic winner.

Track and field sprinter irmgard bensusan experienced the continuation of the silver curse at the olympic stadium in tokyo. After three silver medals in rio 2016, the 30-year-old was second again. Bensusan finished the 200 meters in 26.58 seconds behind marlene van gansewinkel (26.22) from the netherlands. She was not disappointed about the lack of gold. "I am very proud. I gave everything," she said.

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