Hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas will open her season this Sunday May 19th at the throwing meeting in Fränkisch-Crumbach. The following interview will cover her preparation for the season, why she still competes for LG Eintrach Frankfurt and what she thinks about her new training partner Markus Esser.
Question: Kathrin, you have been in Split, Croatia for a training camp. How are the preparations for the upcoming seasons going?
Kathrin: Very good, we had really good conditions. My preperation exercises have all improved. Recently I’ve been working on the technique to improve my speed and my dynamic for the hammer throw.
Question: This Sunday you are going to compete in Fränkisch-Crumbach. What is your goal for this competition?
Kathrin: This is pretty easy to answer: I would like to hit the qualification mark of 72m (236′ 2″) for the upcoming World Championships in Moscow, Russia and if it gets further than that it’s all good.
Question: Then next competition will be the one in Eugene. You fall pretty bad last year. How do you feel about that competition?
Kathrin: Of course I have it in mind.But I think it is same as for the horses. Once you are fallen down, you have to immediately go up again. In the end it’s just a good meeting with a very strong field.
Question: Recently you changed your coach from the German national coach to Helge Zöllkau. Even though you changed your coach, you haven’t changed your sports club. Why is that?
Kathrin: I always wanted to compete for my sports club Eintracht. A change for me was out of the question. Also, I have to be part of a club for my home city due to my membership of the advanced athlete group.
Question: You continue to live in Frankfurt. How often are you going to train in Frankfurt with you new coach Helge?
Kathrin: I Love Frankfurt and enjoy it, to live out here. In Leverkusen, I’m usually two days a week. Depending on the training phase, but sometimes more often. For me, it feels more like a small training camp.
Question: You now have with Markus Esser an experienced training partner by your side. How do you feel about that?
Kathrin: I’m training with Markus. The atmosphere is very relaxed. Besides the hammer we also joke a lot. We always try to motivate each other. I even won a competiton by 50cm against Markus Esser back in Monte Gordo in Februar.
Question: You are fighting really hard for the hammer throw and its existence. Do you see yourself on the right track for it?
Kathrin: It’s rather a fight against windmills. It is always about money and the marketing. Unfortunately, no one dares to show the throwing events and their athletes on TV. It seems to be really hard to provide an appealing concept and to market it. I feel the consequences of this attitude first handed: After the most successful year of my career I am in 2013 for the first time without a sponsor. That would certainly not going to happen if I would have been 5th at the Olympic Games in any other event.
Question: What are your goals for the 2013 season?
Kathrin: My goal is always to throw best. Most of all, of course, the World Championships final in Moscow, Russia. After the change of my coach and the change in technique I see this upcoming season very relaxed and do not expect anything
Question: Do you have a dream regarding your sport?
Kathrin: I hope the hammer throw would finally be a part of the Diamond League and it should be equal to all other disciplines.
Source: Leichtathletik.de by Laura Kathrein Müller