The German Championships have just finished and leichtathletik.de talked to the athletes after their competitions. The throwing comments are below:
Thomas Röhler: Javelin
I had something to defend. That is a lot to do. There were extreme wind conditions. Everything could have happened. During the warm up we said: We can play a bit of lottery. In effect, it has been shown, you have to make the javelin fly perfectly in the wind. After the difficult competitions I am glad that I threw another time close to 85m. It is enough to attack on world stage. We do have a strong German team at the world championships. Also the fourth ticket for the world championships, thanks to my wildcard, helps us a lot. The final in Beijing is a must. My goal would be to become top five maybe even the medals, but its a championships. Anything can happen.
Johannes Vetter: Javelin
After the past few weeks which were not quite good for me I did not come fully into my rhythm I had in March. So that I’m glad that I threw 83m during the 2nd attempt. I’m more than happy with the 2nd place. I am 22, and I won the silver medal. I am also happy for Thomas Röhler, he throws in a different league and has much more experience. In Beijing, I want to enlarge my experience, enjoy to tackle along the German national team and looking what might happens. I will see what will happen.
Lars Hamann: Javelin
During the warm up throws I was not really satisfied. I have problems with my Achilles tendon. Then I did the competition. My broken ribs from Munch was 10 weeks ago. I have suffered that injury when throwing in competition. For what I could have done the past weeks I am happy about the oucome. I was already once at a world championships, the one in Moscow. And I know which mistakes one can do in a big stadium. In Peking I already competed this year. I know the facility and the conditions so that I can adjust. The final is my goal.
David Storl: Shot Put
It was not en emotional peak today. It was not because of the audience, they were great. Our event was announced couple of times by the reporter. But our competition was still not that great. I am not doing any competitions anymore. Now I am going back to training so that I will be in top form at the world championships. Today was not an important competition.
Christoph Harting: Discus
We all found it very difficult to find our rhythm into the competition. And then it was even worse in the middle of it. There were many interruptions. This is a game of nerves. Every single throw you have to concentrate from the beginning. That makes it difficult to improve on the previous throws. At the end it halfway works. The discus performances are not as good as the past years. German champion, yeah, that’s fine. I am proud, I am first. I have made the best of the situation. Ultimately for me is the highlight of the season Beijing. The way to Beijing is not important. My training is aimed to be the best, so also in Beijing.
Martin Wierig: Discus
Somehow I did not find my rhythm for the discus. The first three attempts I had problems with the groin, but that should not be an excuse. I would be happy to throw 1.5m further. That was possible. I threw constant, it was missing only the big ones. In the next four weeks we need to work to ensure that this is in Beijing. Before the last attempt, I had prepared myself that I attack again. I was sure that I can throw further. But it was difficult. Because if you go full risk, it can also backfire. Unfortunately it did not work out. We have our peak in Beijing ahead of us, because the cards are re-shuffled. On Thursday I start in Stockholm, then we go to the training camp in Kienbaum. There is technically a little more what to do. We have been working in recent weeks much for the strength. As we have progressed. Now it is time to get this power properly on the discus.
Alexander Ziegler: Hammer
My first German championship title. I cannot realize it now. It was a hard competition. I came in a bit weird. But I am happy that it has worked out. It was nice to throw here in Nuremberg. I had a bumpy start. The first attempt was bad, then a foul. Then it went over 73 meters, which was okay. Then I wanted to refuel again and definitely boost my season best [74.73 m]. The fourth and fifth attempt were quite okay. In the sixth, I am technically fallen apart bit again. It’s always difficult when it comes to the last throws and decreases the power and adrenaline. One becomes a bit tight. I have to learn. Overall it was a decent competition. I am always missing the big ones. We need to work. We’ll see how it goes. No big competitions are on the planning schedule. We now analyze the year, look at the training books and make a plan for next year. In Germany, I looked after my coach and mentor Fred Eberle. In the US, I have a college coach, with the I vote the planning. I fly next week over again. The end of August the next semester starts again. Before I have to organize a few things and have to see how it goes with the thesis and research.
Markus Esser: Hammer
Of course, I came here to win my ninth championship title. But I’m not disappointed, but more deeply relaxed. That is probably because of the situation that I subsequently received a special ceremony with the subsequent medal. This will be my highlight of the day. I am delighted that Alex has won. The performance of all of us were underground, you have to hold on. I could still win. It did not work out, eventually had to come a guard. In the past year I’ve just won by three centimeters. This year we all threw bad. Therefore, I still had hope. The first three attempts has worked out well, but then Alex said he would counter again. Then the emotions went through me before the fourth attempt. There was no longer to think about it, that I throw on. I had tears in my eyes. There are a few more to come today. Was that my last German championship? The question will come several times today. I answer later.