The next big event on my schedule were the European Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow. The event was well organized: accreditation, media hotel, shuttle service.
On the downside, the light in the arena was bad. So we struggled not only with the other photographers for the best photo positions, but also with the lighting. This forced me to shoot in RAW and rely on post processing.
The Swiss team had reasons to cheer, but there were also some disappointments (as usual). A big shoutout to Léa Sprunger who snatched the title in a very close 400m race against Cynthia Bolingo Mbongo (BEL). And thanks Léa for being professional and smiling at the Swiss photographers.
Angelica Moser was amazing too. An unexpected 4th rank in the pole vault after an impressing performance. A new PB (4.65m) was the reward.
Mujinga Kambundji left Glasgow disappointed. She will find out why her form dropped after the Swiss Nationals. The fifth rank was not what she wanted.
For the first time Ajla Del Ponte reached an international final. She now is officially European Top Class.
And then there was big disappointment for Selina Büchel. Her semifinal was tactically not optimal. However, she seemed to cruise to a third rank (i.e. final qualification), but was surprised shortly before the finish line. The defending Champion was out.
The international stars were Laura Muir who won two Gold medals on her home track, Jakob Ingerbritsen (NOR) with Gold and Silver, Ewa Swoboda (POL, Gold 60m), and Gianmarco Tambieri (ITA) with a big high-jump show.