First day, first gold medal: David Storl added after the World Championship gold in 2013 his second European Championships gold in Zurich, Switzerland: 21.41 meters. David Storl reveals in this interview why he did not seemed to be satisfied over defending his gold medal at the European Championships and when the 22m mark will finally fall.
David Storl, congratulations for the second European gold medal in a row! Give us something, a little insight into your day the European title defense …
I got up at half past five, had at 10:07 clock qualification. Before all of that I had breakfast and got ready for the qualification. After the qualification it took a long time until I was in the hotel again. And then eventually the final. It was not that spectacular at all (laughs).
Your first attempt was already the best one and enough for gold. What happened then?
Unfortunately, I then lost my technical line and could not continue as I wanted to do. It is always difficult if you want to toss the ball as far as possible. The technique will always be an issue then. I tried getting it back together, to focus again and to concentrate to toss the 7.26kg ball even further as the 21,41m.
You did not seem to be to happy about the victory, or did we get a wrong impression?
Of course I’m happy about the gold medal. The impression made have come across wrong for that. But first of all I’m an athlete and always have to check upon my own performance. And as we all know I did not toss the ball further than my first attempt, that annoys me a bit. I’m not satisfied with the result. Actually, everyone knows that I usually peak on the main event and have my best competition, but this time it did not work out.
During your previous major competitions and titles it was way more close. You went to Zurich with more than half a meter ahead of the second best thrower in Europe. Is it more difficult to build the correct tension as for the competitions at which you know you have to fight more?
Here, I wanted to fight against myself. The training in Kienbaum was surprisingly well last week because I had really good training sessions. Then you come here to show what you are capable off but the tension dropped a bit. Then it is hard to concentrate on the essentials. That was probably the problem I had, that my head was focusing on so many other things than my technique.
You are 24 year old. Zurich was your third European Championships. You are currently double World Champion and double European Champion. What motivates you in the future?
Next year the World Championships are held in Beijing which is my next stop towards the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro. I want to try to constantly develop and improve myself. This year had been going really well, I have finished no competition with less than 21m. And today was from the final result certainly not my worst. I think it will go similar next year. Whether I can still toss the 7.26kg ball over 22m this year? The time will tell. Maybe in Thum, which is close by my home town. It is always nice to compete over there. I let myself be surprised what still can happen until the end of the year with having fun and freedom tossing the ball.
Before the ceremony you have joked with Tomasz Majewski. What did he say to you?
Oh Tomasz always makes jokes. He always tells something before that. But I think he wanted to have a special medal for his six valid throws.
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Morrissey