Arto Bryggare was impressed by the Finnish record performance of the defector.
Kristiina Mäkelän the average result of the 2022 outdoor track season before Friday’s EC jumping final was 14.22.
Orimattila’s jymy record and the best of the summer was 14.48.
On Friday, at the Olympic Stadium in Munich, a woman jumped with a Finnish record of 14.64 for silver.
– Absolutely incredible tuning. He has been a downwind jumper. Now there was a headwind. He pulled himself together in a tough spot and thought he could do this. A really hard mental performance when you rapped SE, says Iltalehti’s athletics expert Arto Bryggare.
He compares Mäkelä’s bet Heli Koivulan in the same place 20 years ago to win European Championship silver.
– Heli stretched 14.83 in a strong tailwind. Both Finns had experience in international competitions, of course Heli had more qualifiers. Kristiina has now finally shaken off all that one-jump girl feeling, says Bryggare.
– Pikkanen’s Kristiina has been worried that technology is falling apart and starting to lean forward. Now they are the coach Tuomas Sallinen with standardized technology, the expert continues.
Mäkelä turns 30 in November. In Bryggare’s opinion, age will by no means be a problem in the coming years.
– I hope he will gain enthusiasm for the pursuit of a World Cup and Olympic medal. They are realistic goals. What happens after the Paris 2024 Olympics is the first consideration. I think I have at least four years left in my career, if I have enough health and enthusiasm.
Arto Bryggare’s extensive analysis of Kristiina Mäkelä can be viewed in its entirety in the attached video.