In all four European Team Championships, the German javelin thrower Christina Obergföll, had won the event. This series will end at this weekends competition. For a happy occasion: The date of birth of her first child is getting closer. Therefore, she crossed her fingers for the German team from home.
The World Champion is a bit nostalgic. “That was a cool sere. That’s also a record. No one else has won so often the Team European Championships in a row. It was always nice to win, even though the competition was very strong.
It is a pity that I cannot compete at this years Team European Championships in front of my home crowd. “It would have been nice to throw on home soil. This is the special attraction which I will miss out this time. But the baby is way more important than anything else right now.
This sets the 30-year-old clear priorities on private and family planning. Her birth date is a few days after the Team Championship. “If she child is a little bit ealier than expected, then Boris would have to sit in the car on the way towards me. Even though he is the men’s national coach for the javelin, he has familia obligations as my husband.”
Christina enjoys this years distance from the sport, even though she was spotted at several events the last few months. For example as a spectactor at the world biggest throwing festival in Halle, Germany. “At the moment I do have other goals to pursue, and other priorities.
After the birth she wants to take time for her newborn and then start with trianing in autumn to perpare for the comeback. The timing could not be better especially having the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio in min. “I rio, I would like to get involved again and thats my goal!, says Obergföll.
My goal for the Team European Championships was always to contribute to the team’s sucess and I was always doing my part. “If all deliver their performance, then we also make a good result at this years event”.
The women’s javelin part is taken over by Linda Stahl who is currently leading the world with 67,32m. “She should be able to continue the serie of German womens to win the javelin event”, said Christina Obergföll.
Source: Braunschweig2014.de by Christian Fuchs