The German Championships have just finished and leichtathletik.de talked to the athletes after their competitions. The throwing comments are below:
Christina Schwanitz: Shot Put
The stadium was full and the crowd was clapping for me but not so for the other girls… I think this is not good. It was a qualification for the world championships. You should not go and say: I’m just doing it easily. I was concentrated and focused. It was not possible to do better. The knee is still hurting a bit. I was not quite in top form. I wanted to throw a little further. I hope that I then be able to do so in Beijing. Its all about gold, silver and bronze medal. These are the things which will provide direction. I would like to be on top of the podium. Whether that will happen we need to see.
Julia Fischer: Discus
It is great. This year my mind and body are fully aligned. That is very very important. That is also the reason why I throw consistently good and not only in a competition and then nothing works. One factor is of course that I have with my coach a super communication. After a year of training together we are working better and better together. In addition, I started to work with a sports psychologist. That makes a big piece of that success. I want to continue, remain constant, then it will be good at the world championships final. That is my goal.
Nadine Müller: Discus
It was my best competition of the season so far. So I am very happy after I’m always stumbled a bit in recent events. I could not quite deliver what was there since. Therefore, the 65m are quite ok. It was quite tight in the end. Julia Fischer awakened and I could not answer. The crowd was great and very supportive. It was one of the best finals, with six athletes who have already thrown the standard. Such a close competition has not happened for a very long time. For me the competition went quite well and everything good for Beijing. There a top throw beyond the 66m mark should happen. We know that I have some throws up my sleeves. We stay tuned in the coming weeks and work to ensure that it is available in Beijing.
Shanice Craft: Discus
When I ruptured my hamstring in April, I did not think that I’m here with my 64m for the 3rd place. It was a hard time because I know that the competition is not sleeping and would be at a high level. Patience was required. I could not throw for over 7 weeks. It took longer than first thought. Confidence was missing. I had problems with my left leg. At first, I avoided it, there was a blockage in my head. We are tackled it slowly. I am now fighting back piece by piece. I started in New York with 62m. At the U23 Championships I improved and today I increased even further. I am again ready and back at 100%. I hope this shows the national coaches that I am fit for Beijing and constant to use by power.
Anna Rüh: Discus
Of course, I’m not satisfied. I wanted to finish in the top three. 61m is the number which haunts me. I know that I could throw further. But I cannot show that right now. I have the drive but it is going into the wrong direction. I’m curious how the German federation will decide. In Wiesbaden, I had the feeling that I can turn right side out and the discus flies to 66m. No matter how I threw the discus still flew. Today I should have hit the discus better.
Betty Heidler: Hammer
The throwing was good. The first attempt I made relaxed and wanted to throw a safety one. That was perfectly okay. Then I tried to find my feeling. That worked. I would like to throw further than 75 meters. It’s nice that I can do it stable, but one better throw would be cool. Now I’ll probably throw in Szczecin on August 9, and then Beijing’s turn and we will see what happens there. It was important get back the title. That was the first goal, no matter what size. The preparation in Kienbaum I have well finished. In training I have a very good feeling, a secure and stable one. I feel comfortable and can do what my coach says. I then sometimes feel something else and then you can work on both. That works very well in this season. Anita Wlodarczyk is stable at 78 meters. I want to ramp up what I can. I know I can throw further. I want to again take a medal home. After the past few years is the absolute goal.
Kathrin Klaas: Hammer
This competition fits exactly to my season. It does not work as planned. Today it was a clear reflection of it. I am a risk thrower, I can only keep repeating. I do not have the weight and size in order to make security throws to 75 meters. I have not found the stability and my position this year to make little throws at high speed. I do too many of these errors. I am looking for my position.
Katharina Molitor: Javelin
Finally it is going as planned. I have now two competition over my previous personl best from three years ago. I hope this will continue. The training already indicated that. I was dissapointed about the previous competitions because I was not able to show what I am doing during the training sessions. It was just one throw which was good. Now I’m happy that its going well. The technique has improved a bit but is still far from perfect. I can continue to work. It seems to be the key for me right now. I hope that I continue this in my training and reproduce that at the world championships. My last throw boosts my confidence that I can answer Christina Obergföll’s throw. At the world championships, the cards are reshuffled. Today I had good opening throws and this give me security.
Christina Obergföll: Javelin
The past competitions were not that great so I think today was quite ok. A season best was the goal. It was clear that it is easy to win. I could have been even fourth. Now I have become Second, have had a good throw. There is nothing to complain about. Beforehand I was thinking to cancel the World Championships. I will not do that. Both nationally and internationally many are strong, but there is none that is leading the way. It be fought out in Beijing. There is a chance to win a medal without a great throw. With a throw of 66m+ one can become world champion. This is very promising. Today was the first competition in which I had goosebumps again. I’ve noticed that people are happy that you’re back. that’s cool.
Linda Stahl: Javelin
The first attempt was ok. I thought I can throw better than that. But that was not happening. I am still waiting for a good throw. Maybe this throw will come in Beijing. I do have three throws and then hopefully three more. I am in good shape but the javelin is not flying.
Christin Hussong: Javelin
I am happy about the result with 61m. But I cannot be happy about the series. I would have liked to throw further today. But I think this was due to Tallinn. In Beijing I am sure I can throw further. Now I am going to Kienbaum for a training camp so that I can recharge by body and I am in top form in Beijing. I am looking forward! A world championship is different than the European championship.