With a Tunisian tennis player who is also a role model for the women of her country off the field, a German boxer who makes it into the Hall of Fame and an extreme athlete without a lower leg, who cycles once across Germany.
Exercise in the fresh air is simply good for you! And that's exactly why Canadian doctors can now write "park prescription" on prescriptions - that is, hiking instead of pills. Introduced by Canadian national park authorities, patients exchange the prescription for a free entrance ticket to a national park on site. "There is virtually no medical diagnosis for which nature is not helpful," says family doctor Melissa Lem, who initiated the project, in the Süddeutsche Zeitung. Goes but of course without prescription, so off the sofa and out into nature.
For Anne Haug it was a "dying in installments" - for us simply a top performance of a fighter. As third Haug made it at the triathlon world championship in St. George (USA) on the podium. That alone is achievement enough, but Anne's last World Championship was a whole 938 days ago due to Corona and injury. Therefore, she had to go to the edge of her strength in the fight for bronze. After swimming and cycling only in 5th place, she battled her way to 3rd in the marathon. "You don't have a lock on winning," Haug said. The cycling was already brutal, she said, "then in the marathon it was dying in installments. I'm super happy that I could defend my third place." Congratulations on this successful comeback, Anne Haug!
So really known Regina Halmich through their boxing matches against Stefan Raab - in one they need him even the nose. Before that, she was often just smiled at as a boxer. Now, almost 20 years later, Halmich is getting (double) satisfaction: on May 20, the former boxing world champion will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of German Sports. But compared to the second honor, this title seems almost puny: She is the first German and only the fifth woman ever to make it into the international Hall of Fame. And quite rightly, after all, she remained unbeaten for twelve years (in the truest sense of the word) - respect.
Maximilian Schwarzhuber had decided in 2017 due to illness to have both lower legs amputated. Since then, he has fought his way back into life kilometer by kilometer. As a speaker and coach, he has long since become a role model for all those who do not want to let their physical limitations stop them from doing their best in sports. And he not only talks, he also does. On May 6, he and fellow extreme athlete Achim Heukemes (who is, after all, 70 years old) got on their racing bikes - the goal: from Flensburg to Oberstdorf. Once across Germany, 1001 kilometers in 48 hours. Unfortunately, his knee put a spanner in the works when he crossed the finish line, but he covered 921 kilometers on his bike. His next challenge? The Ironman in Hawaii next year.
Lennard Kämna was already in our Good News spotlight. After his mental problems and a break, he attacked again and won a stage directly at the Ruta del Sol. Now the winning streak continues, with Kämna winning the mountain finish on the Etna volcano at the Giro d'Italia. "Things are going in the right direction for us," he says. Because the overall victory is now within sight. We would begrudge him the in any case!
Ons Jabeur from Tunisia has established it as the first Arab and first African woman in top tennis. Most recently, she won in Madrid - becoming the first player from an Arab country in a WTA 1000 category tournament. For many, this makes her the favorite for the French Open. For women from her homeland, she is much more than a talented tennis player. "Jabeur has done more for our self-confidence than the Arab Spring," student Rim Karoui from Tunis told the "taz." For this concentrated girl power both thumbs up.
For a long time, no one has stirred up the German golf community like Christopher "Hurly" Long. After a successful college career in the USA, the exceptional talent from Heidelberg played his way further and further forward in his first season.
Third in the United Arab Emirates in February, then second at the Kenya Open in Nairobi and now a proud sixth place at the British Masters - things are going well for Hurly Long. The jump from the amateurs to the pros has thus more than worked out well. We hope to hear a lot more from Christopher "Hurly" Long in the future.