Richard Ringer (Rehlingen) surprisingly won gold in the marathon at the European Championships in Munich.
The 33-year-old thrived with a wonderful final sprint in 2:10:21 hours in advance of Maru Teferi from Israel.
Bronze mosted likely to his compatriot Gashau Ayale.
The German record owner Amanal Petros (Wattenscheid), who was on the long home stretch on a silver training course, needed to be content with 4th place.
As a result of health and wellness issues, the 27-year-old had actually not contested a race since the beginning of April.
In the team position there was silver for Germany behind Israel.
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The last German medal in the marathon was a very long time ago: in 1986 Herbert Steffny had actually brought Bronze in Stuttgart.