15 athletes from Hesse will compete in the Paralympic Games in Tokyo. Some of them have good chances of winning a medal, and the Hessian competence under the basketball hoop is particularly concentrated.
The Tokyo Olympics are already history, the Paralympic Games in the same place are still waiting. The 16th international competitions for athletes with physical disabilities start in the Japanese capital on Tuesday with a delay of about a year. There are also 134 athletes from Germany, 16 of them from Hesse. An overview of the Hessian starters and their chances for medals.
Marcus Klemp had to do without the handshake with Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier at the official farewell to the German Paralympic team at Frankfurt Airport on Thursday. The rower from Offenbach is already in Tokyo and getting ready to start in the singles. “I still sleep well, but I’m a little upset,” he said in an interview with hr-sport.
Klemp, who was diagnosed at an early age with cerebral palsy, ie movement disorders and muscle stiffness in the legs, had to sit in a wheelchair at the age of 30, according to his doctors. Instead, at 39, he is in his one-on-one rowing for a place in the Paralympic finals. “I want to be in the top six,” is his official goal. It was only supposed to be a medal at the upcoming Games in Paris. Precious metal is not impossible in Tokyo either.
Juliane Mogge from Kassel experienced what it feels like to be at the helm of the Paralympic Games when she finished fourth in Rio de Janeiro. However, it is unclear whether the shot putter, who also suffers from cerebral palsy, ends up so far up the field in Tokyo due to a series of injuries during preparation. “Yet it is so wonderful that she can experience it,” said Sister Christina, summing up the Olympic motto “Being there is everything” perfectly.
The visually impaired runner Marcel Böttger from Kassel starts with similar requirements. The 28-year-old, who finished fourth at the European Championships this year, has only one outsider chance of a place on the podium.
Felix Streng, on the other hand, has a good chance of winning a medal. The athlete from the Wetzlar sprint team participates in the sprint and the long jump. At the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro, Streng took bronze in both disciplines. desired repetition.
By far the largest number of Hessians compete in wheelchair basketball at the Paralympic Games. The women are Annabell Breuer and Catharina Weiß from RSV Lahn-Dill from Wetzlar, Barbara Groß and Svenja Mayer from RRR Wiesbaden and Mareike Miller from Friedberg. The quintet of female hunters is one of the best in the world and, like their male counterparts, is eyeing a medal.
“The competition is very, very strong. But we can already squint for a medal,” said Jens-Eike Albrecht from Rotenburg an der Fulda, emphasizing the ambitions of the German team. Along with Thomas Bröhme and Christopher Huber from RSV Lahn-Dill, Nico Dreimüller from Skywheelers Frankfurt, Matthias Güntner from RRR Wiesbaden and Phillip Schorp from Marburg, the 30-year-old is one of six hessers in the Paralympics squad. “It’s already a dream to participate. A medal would be the crowning achievement,” Albrecht said.
The national goal team is even more ambitious than the wheelchair basketball players. After the second place at the WC 2018 and the victory of the EC, the German team with national coach Johannes Günther from Ebsdorfergrund (Marburg-Biedenkopf) is now aiming for gold. “It would not be authentic if we said we would reach the quarterfinals,” Günther said. The clear goal is therefore first place. The other Hessian on the team, Michael Dennis from SSG Blista Marburg, will certainly not contradict it either.
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