After 623 days, the parental leave for Christina Obergföll is over. Son Marlon grows and prospers, the mother is in a good mood. In Shanghai the Javelin world champion will do her comeback. At the start of the World Championship year Christina does not put herself under pressure.
World Champion, happy mother – and now soon to be one of the best javelin throwers from Germany. After 623 days maternity leave Christina Obergföll will have a competition in Shanghai to celebrate her comeback. “I am totally relaxed. I received quite early the invitation to the Diamond League in China. The past couple of weeks went really well in training. I’m just a competitive person,” said the Javelin world champion on Tuesday in an interview with the DPA.
Shanghai will be the first competition after the Berlin ISTAF on 1st September 2013. Christina does not want to be understood that this is a rejection of the Werfertag in Halle / Saale on Saturday – but rather as a decision in favor of Shanghai. “There are not so many meetings for athletics anymore. The Diamond League is for us the most profitable one,” said Obergföll.
She is happy to compete at the first three meetings of the Diamond League series, at which the women javelin is on the schedule. And if things go well: “I will collect a few points”. After Shanghai (17 May), Eugene (USA; 30 May), and Oslo (Norway; June 11) are on the list. Miracles should not be expected from the 70.20m thrower. Christina does not believe in the saying “except expenses nothing happened”. I am not going to the meetings to only throw 58m. If that would happen something serious must happen.
Christina threw 63.30m in Berlin during her last competition before the birth of son Marlon. “With a good 63m in Shanghai I would be satisfied,” said Obergföll. For her comeback Christina worked a lot with her husband Boris in training. Little Marlon grows and prospers, soon he will be eleven months old.
Stability in the throws is still missing
Marlon is now the smallest and the largest fortune in the house of Christina and Boris Obergföll. The first teeth are coming, a stressful but good time for the young mother Christina. Already in mid-October 2014 less than four months after Marlon’s birth, the Moscow World Champion had entered the training. “The general body strength are okay again. Just stability in the throws is still missing,” she said. “I need a few more weeks.”
Christina Obergföll is not under pressure, due to her Wild Card for the 2015 World Championships in Beijng, China. “I do not say: I go to Beijing to defend my title. I am going to Beijing only if I will be able to throw over 62m constantly”, assured the German record holder. 62m? In 2013 in 12 out of 13 competitions Christina was throwing beyond that mark. No matter what Christina will be able to celebrate something in Beijing. On the day of the World Championships opening Christina will turn 34 years old.
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Morrissey