Santa Barbara (AFP) – Athletics coach Annette Stein praised the good conditions at the training camp ahead of the upcoming world championships in the United States of America.
“We feel very comfortable,” she told dpa in Santa Barbara. At Westmont College there, German athletes get used to the nine-hour time difference compared to Germany and train before title fights in Eugene (July 15-24) in the US state of Oregon. “We’ve found the perfect setup here,” Stein said.
The World Championships are also held on the campus site and the athletes sleep in the facility’s student dorms rather than hotels. “We wanted to deliver the same level that would also await us at Eugene,” Stein said. “It will be a challenge for some athletes.” But she is confident that the circumstances are a great opportunity. “There will be an atmosphere like an Olympic village. Individual nations can see each other and push each other. You can see what the Jamaicans or the Italians are doing. It makes you more interested in this competition.”
She was very satisfied with the performance in the training camp. “Of course we want to go home with a lot of top performances, including medals and finals, but we’re a bit weak due to injuries and Covid diseases. This is very sad,” Stein said. Recently, European javelin champ Kristen Hosung and longtime champ Maryse Lozolo canceled the World Championships due to injury. Since then, the German squad consisted of 80 people.
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