Malaika Mihambo is a German athlete, and the current world champion in long jump. She won the gold medal at the 2013 European Junior Championships. She won her first senior major event at the 2014 European Team Championships, setting the new championship record with a jump of 6.90 metres. In 2015, she won the gold medal at the European U23 Championships.
She won the bronze medal at the 2016 European Athletics Championships. In 2018 she became European champion. Mihambo won the IAAF Diamond League and became world champion in 2019. Her personal best in long jump is 7.30 metres, achieved in Doha on 6 October 2019.
Women Fitness President Ms. Namita Nayyar had a candid interview with Malaika Mihambo, the current Long jump world champion to talk about her workout, diet, hair & skin care and success story.
You are the current world champion in the long jump with your personal best at 7.30 meters, how does it feel?
Actually, it feels quite normal. Sure, it’s great to know that you became world champion with an extraordinary performance. But nothing really changed. I am still who I was before this victory and I am happy that I don’t feel different about myself. My self-esteem is not relaying on these kinds of outside factors.
Did you always want to become a professional athlete?
Somehow yes. When I realized that I belong to the best at my age while growing up, I had the dream of winning an international medal in the senior class and compete in the Olympic Games at least once in my lifetime. Even though, I struggled from time to time with my abilities and my role: „Why do I have to be so good? Can’t I just have a normal life? “Well, but then 2016 came and I found myself achieving both my life time goals. Since then my answer to why I want to do professional sport changed. Now it’s more about pushing my limits, develop myself and share experiences and connect with people.
Introduce us to a day in your life. Besides sports what are your other passions?
I like to start my days early even on weekends. I start with mediation, stretching, a good and healthy breakfast and a good book with tea in the morning. After having a good morning I like to study (master’s degree in environmental science), play piano and cook freshly every day. Recently I started a social project called “Malaika’s Herzsprung”. In times of Corona, I started a program for primary children on YouTube. Every day at 10 am I offer a live session. Sport is an important pillow of the program but it is equally important as the other ones. Everyday has a different motto and consist of sport, dexterity, knowledge transfer mostly about nature and personal self-development. The feedback of children and parents is great and the children are very active in sending contributions in forms of letters, videos and drawings. Link
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