On Sunday Christina Schwanitz will have her season opener at the Diamond League meeting in Shanghai, China. The first test for the European shot put Champion after nine months competition break. Meanwhile, much has happened. Knee surgery, complications, but the top firm is back. The 29-year-old wants a World Championship medal and plans to Olympia 2020.
During the training camp in South Tirol the 4kg implement was flying very well. Christina explains that this does not happen every time during major competitions looking back at the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. “I was very good at the end but one cannot assume that this happens all the time”. Christina’s put often too much pressure on herself in the past and was the reason for bad results.
During the last two major international championships it worked out perfectly. In addition to the gold medal in Zurich, Christina won a silver at the World Championships in Moscow (Russia), where she managed to toss the ball to the current personal best of 20.41m. A sports psychologist helped her to be able to compete on the highest level and not getting distracted by her mind. ”
Nearly completed form
Christina’s knee is working well after her operation last October. The ordeal after surgery was longer than expected. The knee swelled up after the procedure on the partella tendon, had to be punctured, inflamed, painful. From cortisone, against which she is allergic, as it turned out later, she got migraines, blindness relapses and fainted. What finally helped: injecion of a radioactive liquid in the knee. Three weeks later, she was finally free of pain and was able to start a training program.
After the first training camp in Stellenbosch (South Africa) in March, a second one followed in Latsch to fine tune the technique. “The big picture in the preparation for the year is achieved,” says Christina Schwanitz with anticipation to the upcoming season
On Friday, she flies to China. The stations: May 17, Shanghai – Diamond League. Beijing May 20 – World Challenge. Testing, “how the feeling during the competition will be.” The protege of national coach Sven Lang is very excited to see the level of its competitors. And the answers to the questions: “Will the knee be ok? WIll the back be ok?” The training is running as usual. Inside the stadium the adrenaline level is something different.
On the podium in Beijing
In “Bird’s Nest” in Beijing, Christina Schwanitz wants three and a half months later at the World Championships (China; August 22 to 30) fight for a medal. The competition has been shown nothing remarkable in the absence of Olympic champion Valerie Adams (New Zealand), who is beginning the season at a later stage due to her two operations. It is not clear yet how far one has to toss the 4kg ball beyond 20m in order to make a medal at the World Championships. She hopes to be able to get the “Wow” toss from Moscow again.
The conditions are good: For the World Championships of 2013, she has trained a half to three quarters of the year, 2015, Christina has similar training acheivements after four and a half months. Her goal for the training camp in Latsch was to get such a level within a much shorter period. “This of course makes a new stimulus,” explains the sport soldier. Such performances require a lot from the body.
Nowadays Christina needs a lot more time before and after the training session for physiotherapy exercises. Although Christina Schwanitz has body which has performaned over the last 15 years on a high level and her back gives her trouble all the time when the shot is leaving her hand, she still RIo will not be her last Olympics. She plans to go to the 2020 Olympic Games.
Olympic routine will be achieved by 2020
During the first Olympic participation in 2008 Christina Schwanitz was overwhelmed by the impressions of the major events. In the second Olympics in London, she placed 10th and was already much more experienced. But she still gets goose bumbs when she thinks back to the time when 72,000 people were clapping in the morning qualification while Christina was showing what she practicies every day.
In the third Olympics in Rio Christina can learn from her experience and enter the ring with greater self-confidence. And 2020 in Tokyo? “In the fourth Olympics I am hopefully even more experienced.” With 16 years of Olympic experience and an increase in performance, Christina thinks ahead and dreams of something bigger. Perhaps even towards the goal of 21m throws.
For this she trains wih discipline and great ambition. “The mix of speed, technique and power” is addicting for the shot put event. The superior German champion, who for the first time surpassed the 19 meters with 19 years, likes to do weight training at the highest level, will always to improve in all areas and must be occasionally slowed by Sven Lang.
With the power of anger for World Championship medal
Her training performances makes the coach very optimisitic. “For Christina it is overall the most stable results at this time already”. But she had to get into the competition feeling after such a long break and does not make any forecast. Unlike in previous years, there are more starts planned for the Diamond League. The target is to get as many results beyond the 20m mark as possible.
It is fascinating for Christina Schwanitz that the can transfer her various whims profitably on the throwing device. The negative energy of anger results for example in being more quickly and can be used to increase the distance a bit further.
Exactly the same as Christina did during her 6th attempt of the World Championships final in Moscow. She saw on the scoreboard that the Russian Evgeniia Kolodko tossed 7cm further than her. “At this time, the anger, ambition and discipline came through,” she says. This has brough her to the silver medal auch could be used as a recipe for success in the future.
Source: Leichtathletik.de by Pamela Ruprecht