Lena Urbaniak did it. After international success among the youth (U18) and Junior (U20) years the 21-year-old made is now for the first time in the national team of adults. Her recipe for success: fun and joy.
Lena Urbaniak know what it feels like to stand on the podium. The 21-year-old was not only repeatedly German junior champion, but has also been collecting on international stage: U18 World Champion 2009, U20 European Champion 2011, U23 European Championship bronze medalist 2013.
The a qualification standard set by Germany was 18,00m. But this years nomination was in favour of the young athlete. Lena Urbaniak improved her personal best to 17,84m and but still got selected for the team. Her improving shape from her best performances of 17,65m and then 17,84m convinced the DLV to take her to the European Championships in Zurich, despite the unmet a-qualification standard.
To be nominated for a junior championship, that was great and really amazing. But when you get selected for the adult national team to compete at the highest level there is, this is again something completely different.
Therefore, her goals for the Zurich are different from the ones for junior championships.
I want to mainly collect experience and learn from the big athletes. Take a lot of it and have quite some fun.
As Lena Urbaniak went into the circle at the German Championships in Ulm she seemed to be the one who enjoyed the competition most. Again and again she urged the audience to support with applause. “That was a tense and amazing experience. The audience helped a lot and the competition was incredible. I felt a shiver down my spine,” she said.
Not only the incredible atmosphere motivated the sport soldier. Also family and friends and some training partners had traveled to Ulm in order to support Urbaniak. “This has given me strength and security,” she said. The 21-year-old is a family person and very connected with her home town.
Great sports family
And even at home, she can rely on support of her family. “I’m the oldest of five siblings,” she says. Sister Katinka has already celebrated great successes: Katinka Urbaniak placed third at the 2011 U18 World Championships. The other three siblings are sports fan, the father makes Karate and my mother is always there when it comes to somewhere to drive us to the sport.”
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Source: Leichtathletik magazine