Thursday, August 23, 2012

The Beauty of Sport, Part Two: German sprinter Verena Sailer

Verena Sailer began "representin' Deutschland" in international track meets in 2003, and she's also competed for Germany on an Olympic relay team.

The Bavarian beauty has two European Championships gold medals, one from winning the 100-meter dash at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona and a 4x100-meter relay gold medal from 2012 in Helsinki, but Olympic gold has eluded her. She was part of the German women's 4x100 relay team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, but despite a respectable time of 43.28 seconds, the German women came in fifth in the final.

Verena Sailer had better luck on the German women's 4x100 relay team that competed at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, where she ran the fourth leg. The home-court advantage allowed her and her teammates to win the bronze medal there in a time of 42.87 seconds.

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