GÄVLE, Sweden — Leah Hanle recently competed in the 2019 European U23 Championships for her native country of Germany last week in Gävle, Sweden.
Hanle competed in both the 5,000 meters and 10,000 meters placing in the top-10 in both races.
“Achieving another milestone by representing my country at my first international race felt great, especially after such a long season,” Hanle said. “To be a part of such a big and successful team within such a competitive meet made me proud, but also excited for more.”
In the 10,000 meters Hanle finished in a time of 34:02.54, 30 seconds off her personal record (33:43.95 set in Williamsburg in 2018), placing her eighth overall. She was one of three Germans to finish in the top eight. At the 4,400 meters split, Hanle had climbed to as high as third place with a time of 15:13.92 and held that spot for the next 600 meters before dropping to fifth at the halfway point. She continued to stay within fifth to seventh place from the 5,200 meters-8,200 meters splits but lost some momentum in the final 1,800 meters, falling to ninth. Hanle, however, was able to make a pass in the final 400 meters to take eighth place and cross the line with her first top-10 finish of the championship.
In her second race of the weekend, the 5,000 meters, Hanle finished in a time of 16:05.87, three seconds off her personal record (16:02.46 set in Raleigh this past season), placing her 10th overall. She was the youngest of three Germans to finish in the top-10. At the first split, Hanle was as high as sixth place (36.01) in the 200 meters, but faded to 19th after the 2,400 meters split. It wasn’t until the final 1,000 meters that Hanle found another gear and moved up 10th at the 4,800 meters split which she held onto until the finish.