Discus thrower Robert Harting has criticized the handling of national coach Jürgen Schult with his injury. Harting feels personally let down. Schult wants to speak personally with Harting.
Robert Harting attacked discus national coach Jürgen Schult sharply: “He never believed in me. He never believes in his athletes. And even now it is once again very disappointing for me,” said the 31-year-old.
The background is Schult dealing with the injuries of the Olympic champion, who had at the end of 2014 torn the cruciate ligament and had to postpone his comeback several times. “If the national coach says to you: “Robert you need to produce some good throws”, then I do not know why he would say that.”
Harting would have desired more support and confidence. “He could have said: ‘I have an athlete who is successful, who has successfully thrown during recent years, let’s wait and see what will happen,” Harting said.
“Disappointed in Schult”
Harting criticized Schult alleged statement as “extremely unsportsmanlike”: This is “highly embarrassing and not his position worthy,” he said. “I would have rather wished an encouraging word from him for my comeback in Rome.” This was very disappointing.
World record holder Schult relativized his statements on Friday. “Robert goes through difficult times. I can not remember that I said that he must bring some good throws. That’s not my style, not my direct quote,” said the national coach.
Schult has congratulated Harting via text message to his comeback at the Diamond League meeting in Rome, in which Harting had become third with 63.96 meters . “Throwing almost 64 meters in a closed stadium, I think that is excellent given the conditions,” Schult said and insisted: “I believe that I am there for the athletes.” The next week he wants to talk with Harting personally.