100 percent is not enough for Malaika Mihambo, the world’s best long jumper wants more and does more. The Olympic champion, world and European champion from the LG Kurpfalz therefore sometimes goes beyond her limits in her training before the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene/Oregon (July 15th to 24th).
“We will do supramaximal runs. You will be attached to a machine and pulled. You then run faster than you could actually run, get over your 100 percent. For example, last year I was pulled at a world record pace,” said the 28-year-old Mihambo in an interview with Sportradio Germany. This helps her “to be able to run faster without a machine.”
Mihambo has to go a little further in Eugene if she wants to be at the top of the podium again after Doha 2019. The same applies to the home EM in Munich (15th to 21st August). Last weekend in Berlin, 6.85 m was enough for her sixth German outdoor championship title, her world record for the year is 7.09 m. This is about as far from her personal best (7.30 m) as it is from the records from the eighties.
In 1988 Heike Drechsler had screwed the German record up to 7.48, and in the same year Galina Tschistjakowa from the former Soviet Union jumped the world record with 7.52 m, which is still valid today.
“The records have their legitimacy”
It was the time of high doping culture. Nevertheless, Mihambo does not doubt the validity: “The records are legal, the athletes could not be actively proven.” However, she conceded: “These are records that come from completely different times, when doping enforcement wasn’t as intensive, when there weren’t that many regulations, where other things were possible.”
In order to ever be able to advance into these areas again, the new findings would have to be used optimally. “To get there, you need a lot of mental training, which I specialize and focus on. That’s another adjustment screw that you can use,” said Mihambo, “you know better about nutrition, about training methods and regeneration. But it will take time until you get there by other means.” Titles are much easier to reach for them.