Olympic champion Malaika Mihambo during the long jump final in Tokyo
The pressure on the stars of these games is more visible than ever. Athletes show: Even those who are vulnerable can be successful. That could be the beginning of a culture change.
D.he pressure runs and jumps with the Olympics. Malaika Mihambo has him with him on her last attempt to win the gold medal. Malaika Mihambo claps her hands before jumping, she breathes in, her gaze fixed. She screams, pats her thigh. Concentrate only on the jump, rely on the practiced sequence of movements. Last try. The pressure, invisible when she sprints, invisible when she jumps off, invisible as she flies through the air. The pressure: visible as she crouches on the ground and waits for her width to be displayed.
Can Malaika Mihambo beat himself? Can she do it? The board shows seven meters. Can she defend the medal? Mihambo is sitting on the floor, her hands in front of her face. Ese Brume jumps: 6.90. She falls to the floor, joy. On Mihambo’s face: Tension, little wrinkles appear between her eyebrows.