Bianca Kappler

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Bianca Kappler after her fifth place at the 2007 World Athletics Championships
Kappler at the DLV World Championship test competition 2011 in Mannheim

Bianca Kappler (born August 8, 1977 in Hamburg ) is a former German long jumper .


She made it to the top of the German ranks relatively late and first attracted attention in 2002 when she finished third in the European Cup. At the European Championships in Munich in the same year she failed in qualifying. In 2003 she became a professional athlete, since then has competed for the LC Rehlingen and trained at the Saarbrücken Olympic base . In the same year, the first German championship titles followed, both indoors and outdoors, but at the World Championships in Paris / Saint-Denis the qualification was the final destination. At the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens it was enough for the final and ninth place. Because the originally fifth Marion Jones was subsequently disqualified for doping, she then took eighth place.

At the European Athletics Indoor Championships 2005 in Madrid she had achieved 6.53 m before the last round. Her last jump of the competition was measured with 6.96 m. Immediately after the jump, Kappler told the judges that she couldn't jump that far. After sixteen hours of deliberation and analysis of the video images, the jury also came to the conclusion that the jump was not as far as indicated by the distance measurement; the jump was therefore canceled. However, since the jump would very likely have been enough for a medal, she received the bronze medal, as did the Romanian Adina Anton , who had reached 6.59 m. For her behavior, Bianca Kappler was presented with the fair play trophy of the International Olympic Committee on the occasion of the German athletics championships 2005 .

At the World Championships in 2005 , she was eliminated from qualification with back pain and a correspondingly weak 6.35 m. After her baby break in 2006 she became German indoor champion again in 2007 and also celebrated a successful international comeback at the 2007 European Indoor Championships in Birmingham, where she finished fourth with 6.63 m and missed bronze by just one centimeter. Her outdoor season 2007 was her strongest to date, her personal best of 6.90 m, achieved in Bad Langensalza . At the 2007 World Championships in Osaka, she was fifth with a width of 6.81 m.

A torn Achilles tendon prevented participation in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, for which she had already been nominated. At the 2009 World Championships , she was eliminated in qualification.

Bianca Kappler is 1.80 m tall and has a competition weight of 61 kg.


  • Bronze European Indoor Championships 2005
  • 5th place in the 2007 World Championships
  • German champion 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010
  • German indoor champion 2003, 2007

Outside of sport

She studied French and German for teaching at the University of Hamburg and passed her exam in 2003. In 2006 she became the mother of a daughter. In 2011, Kappler took over the "Protocol and Foreign Affairs" department in the Saarland State Chancellery. This brought the CDU-led State Chancellery on the part of the opposition to the charge of patronage, since the new chief of protocol as a lateral entrant has no administrative experience. Kappler had campaigned for the CDU in the 2009 state elections . In 2013, she did not contest because she was taking a baby break.

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Saarbrücker Zeitung August 8, 2011
  2. ^ German Athletics Association : Fair Play Trophy for Bianca Kappler ( Memento from August 28, 2009 in the Internet Archive ), May 20, 2005
  3. Bianca Kappler with a ruptured Achilles tendon , July 6, 2007
  5. Saarbrücker Zeitung Online from December 17, 2010  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. accessed on February 15, 2011@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  6. Bianca Kappler becomes mother pm / sb for the second time on, January 7, 2013, accessed September 10, 2013

Web links

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