Harting fears for Olympic participation

Setback for Robert Harting! Germany Discus hope fears for his participation in the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Harting suffers a hamstring.

Just three months before the Olympic Games in Rio discus star Robert Harting (31) has suffered on its way to comeback a setback. The Olympic champion from Berlin could not train because of a torn muscle in chest muscle and inflammation in his right knee.

"My season start is postponed indefinitely," Harting said to the newspaper BILD. He had planned to climb back in the ring in Wiesbaden. In the preseason, the triple world champion paused because of the consequences of a cruciate ligament injury in his left knee.

At the 2015 World Championships in Beijing Harting had omitted to completely cure the injury and not to jeopardize his start in Rio. At the Sugarloaf mountain, he to achieve the Olympic gold medal as he did at the 2012 London Olympic Games. At the indoor ISTAF in Berlin Harting had indicated in mid-February that he was on the way back to its old form and right on schedule - with 64.81 meters the European Champion surprisingly won the meeting.

How far Harting is reflected by the renewed injury remains to be seen.

Germany's Sportsman of the year 2012-2014 itself had repeatedly warned against high expectations. The competitors are "all good, young, dynamic: They need no physical therapy that makes in no time," he said recently. He against could "no longer easily beat the boys and send them home."