Alica Schmidt won the European Championships with her "most unusual race." 

Alica Schmidt experienced a rollercoaster ride at the European Championships. 

Schmidt, a German track and field standout, burst into tears after discovering she will compete in the European Championships. 

On Monday, the 23-year-old athlete, called "the World's Sexiest Athlete" by a number of followers and publications, qualified for the 400m semifinals in her home nation. 

Schmidt advanced to the semifinals after finishing third in her heat in Munich. 

Schmidt told German publication Sport1, "I can't wait to experience the stadium atmosphere and to compete myself knowing that my friends and family will be cheering me on at the stadium." 

After securing her spot in the semi-finals, Schmidt posted on Instagram, saying, "Made it into the European semi-finals that was the goal, now I can enjoy running one more time in front of a home crowd today truly one of the most special moments ever ." 

This past week, Schmidt described it as her "most special race yet" in a different Instagram post. 

As she crossed the finish line, the crowd erupted in cheers and applause. 

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