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Jenaer javelin expertise attracts international athletes to the Saale

The Jena javelin throwing expertise has spread worldwide. "JenJavelin" is the name of Thomas Röhler's project, which also gives foreign athletes the opportunity to use the good training conditions in Thuringia.

December 13, 2017 / 05:00

Petra Felke (left) and Thomas Röhler (right) coordinate the sports group with the four foreign javelin throwers in Jena.  Photo: Holger bridle sailPetra Felke (left) and Thomas Röhler (right) coordinate the sports group with the four foreign javelin throwers in Jena. Photo: Holger bridle sail

Jena. The athletes cavort in the Jena Athletics Hall. On the one hand, four ladies sprinted under the watchful eye Petra Felke, On the other hand, four young men and a woman try on the slackline,Thomas Röhler stands aside, gives tips.

Just before Christmas, the two javelin Olympic gold medalists of the LC Jenaa lot to do. Four international athletes made their way to the Saale to look over their shoulders. The Jena javelin throwing expertise has spread worldwide. "JenJavelin" is the name ofRöhlerlaunched a project that also gives foreign athletes the opportunity to enjoy good training conditions Thuringia including professional guidance from Petra Felke. Harro Schwuchow, which was missing due to illness, and just Röhlerto use. And that's how the Dutch are currently training Jurriaan Wouters (24 years old), Erik Huijing Carretero(22) and Susanne van der Hoeven (25) and the Canadian Liz Gleadle (29) just join me.

"It's great to be here," says Gleadle, She has the greatest sporting achievements of the guests. In 2012 she was in London, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, as RöhlerOlympic gold won at the start of the summer games. Her greatest success, however, was the victory in the Pan American Games 2015, approximately equal to the European title.Gleadle already belongs to the best of her guild, but wants to be the best.

Javelin throwing symposium in Great Britain

Petra Felke, which was founded in 1988 Seoul won the Olympic gold medal, she trusts it. "She can throw 70 meters," she says. Only she has to be faster for it. The Canadian sees exactly the same: "I have to start faster, but stay relaxed." Then much was possible. Especially Petra Felke she is grateful for the new ideas. Thanks to her, it is now working in her head, a rethinking is taking place.

From jumping into the top of the world, the three Dutch are still a good distance away. The German neighboring country still has some catching up to do when it comes to javelin throwing, which is why the three were happy that Thomas Röhler she at a meeting in Finland invited to the Saale. Wouters was 2014 national champion and wants 2018 for the European Championships in Berlin to qualify. Carretero is the best U23 athlete in his country and Susanne van der Hoeven drives a bit double-tracked. Their goal in the new season is participation in the national championship. She is also a physiotherapist and wants to build an international network.

  • Thomas Röhler gives educational lessons to children in the UK.  Photo: Chris Kirby

  • Thomas Röhler gives educational lessons to children in the UK. Photo: Chris Kirby

 

But why do it? Röhler and Felke the international competition even fit? "I'm often asked that," saysRöhlerand has to smile a bit. International exchange is by no means a one-dimensional thing. "Our junior athletes also benefit from the visit," says Petra Felke, With her son Tom Meyer (21) Marie Bertel (17) Maurice Voigt (17) and Tom Pabst (16) train in Jena Talents who, sooner or later, can make the leap into the national and perhaps also the international top.

You can look a lot away from the guests. "Everyone trains differently, has new ideas, new approaches that also help us"Felke, "It's a win-win situation," addsRöhlereveryone benefits. For example, the sports gymnasium. Thus, the talents in training sometimes learn English,Gleadle even gave some lessons in the training group.

Thomas Röhler the language is already good, which is why he recently attended the javelin symposium in Great Britain had no communication problems. In Loughborough He met talents and athletes from the second row. "That was very interesting. In Germany applies Great Britain yes always as the flagship country in terms of sports promotion. But the athletes who are not already at the top of the world, have it as difficult as ours here. "And so the Olympic champion, who collects with his coach and the LCJena yes also an international meeting in Jena has created, more and more impressions, always new experience. The goal is to Jena as an international base for the javelin throw and "to advance our sport".

Holger bridle sail / 13.12.17