As the defending world champion one does not have to qualify for the World Championships in Beijing. But Christina Obergföll, despite being the defending champion considers not doing the upcoming world championships in Beijing. This weekend, Christina will decide based on her result at the German national championships if she is going to compete or not.
Javelin world champion Christina Obergföll might not be defending her world championship title in Beijing. A corresponding statement she made before the German championships, which takes place from Friday to Sunday in Nuremberg.
Christina Obergföll was asked by a German newspaper if she has considered to cancel the season to be able to focus on the next Olympic Games and the preparation for that.
“Yes, indeed I was too good to go to Beijing and be happy with for example a 9th place. I do not want that. If I do not achieve a satisfactory result for me at the German championships this weekend, we will rethink the season and might cancel the world championships so that I can go back to the Olympic preparation and with new motivation into the Olympic year.
After the birth of her son back in competition
Christina Obergföll who will be 34 years old on the opening day of the World championships in Beijing, had returned after the birth of her son Marlon in spring after 623 days or 89 weeks break of the competition scene. She also won quite quickly a major competition in the Diamond League sporting event, as she threw the 600 gram javelin to her season best of 63.07m in Eugene, USA in May. The most recent competitions were only around 60m.
At the 2013 world championships Christina threw the javelin 69.05 meters. The Olympic bronze medalist from 2008 and silver medalist of the 2012 Olympic Games would like to end her athletic career at the summer games in Rio de Janeiro next year and eventually even crown herself with the gold medal. Because the Olympic gold medal is missing from her collection.
Automatic qualification – Wild card
At the German Championship over the weekend in Nuremberg, the women’s javelin takes place on Sunday 4pm. The German Athletics Federation has in Obergföll, Katharina Molitor, Linda Stahl and more recently Christin Hussong four world-class javelin throwers, who all four managed to surpass the World championships standard of 61.50 meters already this year. The German federation is allowed to nominat all four athletes to Beijing if they like to. Although only three starters are allowed per disciplin. But Christina Obergföll receives from the International Association of Athletics Federations – like all defending champions of 2013 – a wild card, which is an automatic start right.