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Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch

Marie-Laurence JungfleischMarie-Laurence Jungfleisch, born on the 7th of October, 1990 in Paris, France is a German athlete whose sport is the high jump. She finished fourth at the 2017 World Championships and won the bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships.

Her father is from the French island of Martinique and her mother is a German. As a six-year-old, she moved with her family to Freiburg in Breisgau.

This tall beauty is 1.82 metres or 5 ft 11 1⁄2 inches tall and she has personal bests at 2.00 metres outdoors in 2016 and 1.97 metres indoors in 2014.

Jungfleisch won the first international medal last year with a bronze at the home European championship. She was also promising in Doha, but stopped and took time off with concerns of an achilles tendon injury three weeks before the World Cup.

She does not like to remember her school days in Freiburg. She says she had to fight hostility because of her skin color and therefore even changed schools.

"I have become more confident through sport," said the 28-year-old, who is committed to an initiative against right-wing extremism.

Marie-Laurence JungfleischMarie-Laurence Jungfleisch and hurdler Gregor Traber decided not to compete at the World Cup in Doha with a view towards the Olympics. Both DLV athletes are worried about injuries.

The Paris-born athlete, whose father comes from the Caribbean island of Martinique, has been in the final at practically all international championships in recent years.

Six years ago, she failed at the entrance height at the World Cup in Moscow. Since then, she has performed well at major international events.

Like in Beijing in 2015, when it rose to 1.99 m in the World Cup final. Or two years later in London, when she narrowly missed a medal with fourth place at 1.95.

After many unsuccessful attempts last year, the dream of the first international precious metal came true with a bronze - and then also at the home European championship.

"In the past year she has improved in strength, jumping and speed," said coach Tamas Kiss about his protégé, who has been working with a nutritionist since 2017.

Marie-Laurence JungfleischIn 2016 and 2017, Jungfleisch mastered the magic mark of 2.00 m and lost weight to be able to jump a little higher. Eating remains an important topic:

"I have to be extremely careful about what I eat and when. In winter it is sometimes more difficult for me," she told a sports magazine.

The start of the Olympic seventh, which has already jumped 1.96 m this season, is particularly expandable, but there is a lack of constancy. Also because she has had problems with the Achilles tendon for a long time.

So also at the German championships in Berlin, 1.90 m was enough for the seventh national title in series. Jungfleisch broke off a competition at the end of August in Rovereto (Italy) with severe Achilles tendon pain:

"In order not to jeopardize the preparation for the upcoming Olympic season, home trainers Tamas Kiss and Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch decided to stop the season and to waive the start of the World Cup" said head coach Uwe Florczak. So her focus was to be on the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.

Even though she is the most successful high jumper in Germany. Like many top athletes, Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch dreams of a medal at the Olympic Games.

The 29-year-old has been on a long journey to get to Tokyo for almost a year.

Marie-Laurence JungfleischStuttgart high jumper Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch won the title at the German Outdoor Championships for the seventh time in a row last year. A little later she injured herself and had to give up participating in the World Athletics Championships in Doha.

She had already qualified for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo and was confident that her injury would be cured by August.

But then in the spring the Corona virus spread worldwide. The result was quarantine, competition breaks and finally the cancellation of the Olympics for this year.

“We have been training for the Olympics for four years. Then when it is suddenly said: the Olympics are canceled - then it is hard for us," says Jungfleisch.

But the 29-year-old cannot be discouraged and is motivated even without the competition. Even if there will probably be no major competitions this year, she still has her goal clearly in mind.

In autumn 2019, Jungfleisch could be admired in large format all over Stuttgart. As a brand ambassador for Ensinger , the high jumper was the face of the beverage manufacturer's poster campaign for several weeks.

The long-time partner of VfB Stuttgart is now supporting VfB athlete Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch in the second year. She is particularly proud of the current poster series:

"I was very happy when I saw the poster on the side of the road for the first time!" the reigning German champion said from behind her beautiful smile."

Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch"The shooting for the Ensinger campaign, which already took place in June, was a lot of fun for me. Together with the agency Markenland , thePhotographer David Spaeth and hair and make-up artist Sarah Gehrmann they styled, shot and laughed for half a day. The result was very impressive!"

Olympia 2020 was their goal - now it will become Tokyo 2021. How do the top athletes from the region deal with these new signs? We asked - for example with the high jumper Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch.

In these crazy days, when people should not leave their own four walls, Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch is happy to be a professional high-performance athlete.

She at least has a good reason to temporarily override the rules to stay at home and to go outdoors. As a rule, only forest runs are possible - but she always sees these excursions as a "real highlight".

Jungfleisch saw no alternative to relocating the games - the world-class high jumper from VfB Stuttgart was hit hard by this decision. For her, too, the season was focused on Tokyo, sporty, private, professional.

In her studies of social work at Esslingen University of Applied Sciences, Jungfleisch stepped down considerably in order to have more time for training.

Marie-Laurence JungfleischAfter the Olympic Games were relocated, their first measure was to replenish the timetable for the coming semester. "I can't study forever on the back burner," says the trained teacher, "at some point I have to finish."

Financially, the current shutdown of the sport will not fail to leave its mark on the seven-time German champion and third in the European Championship from 2018.

A certain basic income is still guaranteed by the donations of the German Sports Aid and the Bundeswehr. Starting and winning bonuses at meets or championships, however, a very important source of income, are no longer available.

Jungfleisch usually competes in a dozen competitions during the outdoor season - it is currently completely uncertain when the athletes will be allowed to run, jump and throw again.

The German championships in Braunschweig scheduled for June were postponed and a new date has not yet been fixed.

The games for next year have been firmly scheduled for this for some time - the previous qualifications are to be frozen.

At least in this case, Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch would have planning security. "The Olympics remains my big goal," she says, "nothing has changed."

Marie-Laurence JungfleischThe seven-time German high jump champion has reported racial hostility in her past.

"I was bullied at school, no one can say otherwise. Because of my skin color. My mother is from Freiburg, I grew up there, but I looked different," said the dark-skinned 29-year-old, her father from the Caribbean island of Martinique comes from the Munich Mercury.

"Of course it affected me, I was a ten-year-old child. My performance got worse and worse. I didn't even tell my mother at the time," said the 2.00 metre jumper:

"The sad thing was when I talked to a teacher about it, he didn't do anything and that certainly didn't help. Then I changed schools and fortunately, it got better. "

In athletics, on the other hand, racism was luckily not present: "I have been high-jumping since I was 12 or 13 years old - there is no such thing in athletics. However, I did not have such good experiences when I attended school."

Jungfleisch does not believe "that there are incidents here in Germany like in the USA. But I believe that racism in Germany has a different face. I think, for example, if you applied for a job with a name that sounds strange to you you have worse chances. "

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Competition Record

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing GermanFlag Germany
2009 European Junior Championships Novi Sad, Serbia 6th 1.80 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 15th (q) 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Women's high jump - 1.89 metres
European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 8th 2011 European Athletics U23 Championships - Women's high jump - 1.87 metres
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 13th (q) 2012 European Athletics Championships - Women's high jump -1.87 metres
2013 2013 World Championships in Athletics Moscow, Russia 11th (q) 2013 World Championships in Athletics - Women's high jump - 1.92 metres
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 8th 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships - Women's high jump -1.90 metres
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 5th 2014 European Athletics Championships - Women's high jump - 1.97 metres
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 6th 2015 World Championships in Athletics - Women's high jump - 1.99 metres
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 5th 2016 European Athletics Championships - Women's high jump - 1.93 metres
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7th 2016 Summer Olympics - Women's high jump - 1.93 metres
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 16th (q) 2017 European Athletics Indoor Championships - Women's high jump - 1.86 metres
World Championships London, United Kingdom 4th 2017 World Championships in Athletics - Women's high jump - 1.95 metres
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 2018 European Athletics Championships - Women's high jump - 1.96 metres


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