2015 He wans to continue where he left off in 2014: this was a personal best by three centimeters below the 22-meter mark. Double world champion David Storl opens today at the Diamond League meeting in Doha (Qatar; 15 May), the next day he stands at the Halle throwers days (May 17) in the ring – a stress test for his knee. The road to the mission world title defense begins.
“David is capable of throwing beyond 22m, that’s no secret,” said his coach Sven long before the season started. He knows in what good shape David Storl presented himself in the final training camp in South Tyrol – the focused preparation quiet idyll is ideal. The national coach needs only to read the training values. “David was only once in such a good shape, and this was right before the Olympic Games in London.” In the Olympic final, he improved his former personal to best (21.86 m) on which he fruther improved last year to 21.97m.
The shape of the Olympic silver medalist is at this early stage significantly stronger than last year. “David has a current level of performance what he had maximum immediately before the absolute highlight of the year”, Sven Lang gives a glimpse of what might happen tonight. David thinks that due to his knee surgery last fall he is not as strong as before but the technique is way better.
With less pressure on the knee to top form
So only a matter of time before the 22m will be achieved during competition? In Training David Storl tossed the 7.26kg ball into world class areas. However, no one would measure the impact. In order to protect his knee, David steps always outside the ring and does not try to make it valid. I throw invalid throws all my life”, said the 24-year-old. “That’s just body-friendly, if you do not block the entire burden with the knee.”
After surgery on the patella tendon, the pain is not gone as hoped. Although better than before surgery, but the training volume had to be decreased at the training camp in March in Stellenbosch (South Africa). Sven Lang speculates whether it might have been better to forego the indoor season and the European Championship in Prague (Czech Republic) and the knee to heal longer. But he is not sure about it. Now the coach envisions a similar scenario for next winter: a second operation, this time with a sufficiently long break before the Olympic Games in Rio (Brazil).
Nevertheless David Storl says before his season opener: “I feel well prepared.” And it is time that the competitions finally start. The massive throws of the training sessions then only needs to be valid, which should be doable considering last season. Until almost the 22m. “The 22m is always in the air. I do have the level to throw that but the head plays a major role as well”
Doha overnight to Halle
The next two days are going to be stressful, but does not diminish the anticipation. After his first start on Friday in Doha without Sven Lang and the concentration entirely on himself, David has to travel back to Germany in the middle of the night. Because. The Halleschen Werfertage awaiting the first meeting with Thomas Schmitt who recently improved his personal best to 21.35m
“That’s nice, because I’m excited,” says David Storl about the new competitive situation. “Let’s see if incites me a bit.” So far, the exceptional athlete was always superior hands down on German soil, at the last German Championships always five feet distance lay between him and second place. That this will change, on the other hand he would not mind. Quite the contrary: “Perhaps there is even a national duel, it would be cool.”
Also in Halle: U20 World Champion Konrad Bukowiecki which in March increased the World Record of David Storl and tossed the 7.26kg implement to 20.43m. “He is already pretty amazing”, David Storl thinks about Konrad. For the season opening David Storl has predicted 21.50m. “21.50m are more than reaslistic at the moment”. After the weekend a little break is planned, so see how the knee “survided” the weekend.
With music in the ring
Thus in the ring will not get bored, David Storl turns in training to music. With Hendrik Müller, the elder brother of U18 world champion Patrick Müller, who has switched from Neubrandenburg to Sven Lang, he has a good training partner in Chemnitz. “This fits perfectly”, says the European indoor champion. Characteristically focussing on: increase the speed in the circle. It thrilled him: “What force you can generate and acceleration on the short piece in the little ring”, describes David Storl.
Does it run in competitive times not optimally, he checks the objective look of his longtime coach Sven Lang, who led him to the U18 world title in 2007, to play an important role. “Even if you start really bad, he still has the look of how one can turn the whole thing again.” For the successful supervisor team counts since 2007, Wilko Schaa of the Institute of Applied Training Science in Leipzig (IAT) , By means of all-round surveying the technical development of David Storl is perfected.
His training as a police sergeant has been completed in February. He is free all year and has to complete only four weeks internship next year. “This is relatively relaxed.” That leaves all the time in the world for the sport. 2015 he therefore wants to do except for New York (USA; June 13) all Diamond League meetings. It starts tonight in Doha , with a follow-up in Eugene (USA; 30 May), and Rome (Italy, June 4).
Diamond League series and the Americans
There, the world champion will meet his US counterparts, one of which – Joe Kovacs (22.35 m) – early in the season fabricated 22-meter performance, which David did not miss. “They are in the course of the year in April and May always very strong,” the European champion has observed. “Then everything returnes to normal.” Meanwhile, he usually is relatively relaxed with these kind of pressure situations. Only in European and World Championships and Olympics, the pressure increases. But that drives him. Because clearly is for David Storl: “I always want to win. That’s what I’m training for. The performances of the others encourage me to be even better.”
The World Championships in Beijing, China are going to be the major competition of the year. For the defending champion, it is up to the highlight of the season but a long way to go. The immediate World Champion preparations begin for him after the German Championships (24 to 26 July). “Only then can you begin think of what you might achieve at the World Championships.” In the lead-up to Beijing, David plans to get to a good level at which he tosses the ball regularly over 21m. And: “Actually I wanted to continue as last year.” So everything as usual, except perhaps a few more centimeters on top.
Source: leichtathletik.de by Pamela Ruprecht