Aachen (GER)- Mission defending the title accomplished! The reigning European Champions in Pas de Deux vaulting completely convinced across the board at the FEI European Championships in Aachen. Jasmin Lindner and Lukas Wacha from Austria won both Freestyles and clearly defended their European Championships gold medal. Their total result: 8.853.
The silver medal went to the pair from Germany, Pia Engelberty and Torben Jacobs (8.725), bronze was also claimed by Austria, by the duo comprising of Evelyn Freund and Stefanie Millinger (8.557).
With their new freestyle routine to the music of Carmina Burana, the gold-winning pair also enchanted the cheering crowds in the Deutsche Bank Stadium in the second competition. "Today, we didn't perform the start as well as we wanted to," explained the 20-year-old vaulter Lindner after her second freestyle performance and laughing, she added: "So, we improvised at the last minute. Which, I believe, we did very well." The victory in the second European Championships competition was however very close. On the second day, finishing on a score of 8.990, the defending titleholders were only 0.077 points ahead of Engelberty and Jacobs, who came second with a score of 8.913. Freund and Millinger finished third today on a score of 8.672. As such, the order of the first three pairs stayed the same, and ultimately also the medal ranking.
"We are very happy," beamed the gold medal winner, speaking also on behalf of her Pas de Deux partner, Wacha. "It was a fantastic feeling entering this arena with 6,500 people clapping and cheering. It is indescribable when one is stood in the middle and everyone is cheering."
The silver-winning duo from Germany performed the vampire freestyle routine, which they took the Vice World Champion title with last year. Their set goal had been to win a medal in Aachen and they enjoyed their success. "Register this moment and store it inside for the rest of your life," was the first thought that went through Pia Engelberty's head after winning the silver medal. "We let the Aachen crowd carry us to the silver medal." And her sports partner Torben Jacobs summed it up in a nutshell: "We had two good days here in Aachen!"
They were followed in third place by the Austrian duo comprising of the two ladies, Freund and Millinger, who presented their "King of the Lions" theme. This is the first time the lady team have won a medal at Championships. "It was our big goal to win a medal here," explained the bronze medal winner, Evelyn Freund. "Last year, we fell at the World Championships in Caen and the medal was gone. So, we are totally happy today."
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