DrGerman track and field players have to deal with the next known failure shortly before the start of the World Cup due to the cancellation of Konstanze Klostralfen. Repeated foot problems have stopped the European 5,000-meter champion on his way to the title competition in Budapest, which begins on Saturday. “Until the end we hoped that the World Cup would start with success. We wish her to start fit again for the Olympic season,” said head coach Annette Stein after the team’s next weakness.
The failure of Klostralfen, who missed the national championships last month, has reduced the German Athletics Association’s squad to 72 athletes. In the Hungarian capital, DLV had to plan without a number of high-profile athletes even before the 2019 World Cup third-place finish was scrapped.
Klosterhalten will not go
Malaika Mihambo, the Olympic champion in the long jump, who was a favorite to win the third world title in a row in Budapest, disappeared, as well as the two sprinters Alexandra Burghart and Lisa Mayer. Both belonged to last year’s season, which surprisingly won bronze at the World Championships and won the title at the European Championships.
Former world champions Johannes Vetter and 2016 Olympic champions Thomas Röhler will also not start in the javelin, as they did in 2022. Germany’s top pole vaulter Bo Kanda Letta Behr, who finished second at the European Championships, had to withdraw after a fall. At the Diamond League meeting in Monaco. This also applies to EM’s second hurdler over 3,000m, Leah Meyer. The Leverkusen woman has back problems.
“Of course, the fact that we can’t send our strongest athletes to the start in all competitions reduces our chances of success. We have to be realistic about that,” Stein said before the end of Klostralfen.
Hopes of doing better than in the disappointing world title fights a year earlier in the United States, when DLV won fewer medals than ever before, were curtailed by the cancellations. “We cannot compensate for the loss of an exceptional player like Malaika Mihambo, important columns are also breaking apart in the women’s relay,” sporting director Jörg Bogner said last week.
The greatest hopes for a German medal at the new National Athletics Center in Budapest rest on decimals around German record holder Leo Neugebauer and European champion Niklas Kohl as well as European javelin champion Julian Weber. The third European champion from Munich is sprinter Gina Luckenkemper.
At the European Indoor Championships, Klosterhalfen, who trains in the United States and holds several German records between 1,500 and 10,000 metres, finished second at 3,000 metres. In the outdoor season, she was handicapped with foot problems after changing her supplier and didn’t start out as well as she had hoped.
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