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Teag Indoor Erfurt

Nils Schumann is back – though not at his best. His presence was still

enough to enthuse about 2000 spectators before the start of the Teag Indoor

meeting in Schumann’s hometown Erfurt. The Olympic Champions was

celebrated during a lap of honour with pictures of his Sydney race on the

screen. It was his first race in this meeting after his Olympic gold. But at

the end there was not much to celebrate for Nils Schumann, who finished a

disappointing sixth in the 1000 m race. The 23-year-old clocked 2:21,20 minutes

in what was thought to be the local highlight at the end of the meeting.

Additionally the race was won by national rival Wolfram Müller in 2:19,90

minutes. Müller is from Prina and belongs to a rival training group.

“I caught a bronchitis by the middle of December and lost three weeks

of training”, Schumann explained. “I am don’t feel fully fit

yet, but still I am very disappointed with my race. I am even more disappointed

to have let down the spectators”, Schumann said after his season’s

debut. He did not feel comfortable during the race “It was to slow, so

there was a big group running together. And I felt being obstructed.”

Immediately after the race Schumann was so disappointed that he had a harsh

argument with Franek Haschke, a runner from Müller’s group by whom

he felt obstructed. He even pushed Haschke away. “I am sorry for this. It

was simply because I was so disappointed with my performance. I

apologised.” Schumann will now have a word with his coach Dieter Hermann

about the next races, but still plans to stick to his plan. He intends to run

in Stuttgart on Sunday and wants to run in the national and European

Championships. “But for Vienna I will of course need a much better form

than today.”

Another Olympic Champion from Germany had a bad start into the season. Due

to various health problems Heike Drechsler could not train properly. So she

finished only fourth in a moderate long jump competition. With 6,23 m Drechsler

was 0,45 m short of the winner, Ludmila Galkina (Russia). And there could be

even more blows for the German team for Vienna. In the pole vault Michael

Stolle could not have a single attempt because of a foot injury. Still Tim

Lobinger did well and shared the win with Russlan Yeremenko (Russia). Both

cleared 5,80 m in their second attempts.

Grit Breuer feels uncomfortable because of shingles. “The doctor left

it up to me whether to run or not. As I have no pain I ran. And under these

circumstances I can be very happy with the result”, Breuer said. The

European Champion from Budapest 1998 was the only women to run sub 52 seconds

in the 400 m (51,71). But as Breuer does not feel fully fit it is very doubtful

that she will continue her season until Vienna.

While the Germans are suffering, for Austria things look bright. The

Championships in Vienna only one month away, Austria has a new medal prospect.

Elmar Lichtenegger won the 60 m hurdles in Erfurt in a new personal best of

7,51 seconds. Colin Jackson (7,58) this time had no chance of winning, while at

least Germany’s Mike Fenner proved that he is well on the way back to his

best form. Running close to Jackson to third place in 7,61 he beat the German

qualifying time for Vienna. And there might be another Austrian with a chance

in Vienna: Karin Mayr came in third in the 60 m race, clocking 7,16. Chioma

Ajunwa (Nigeria) won the event in 7,13. The men’s sprint winner was

Gennadiy Chernovol (Kazachstan) with 6,57. And running from the front British

400 m runner Daniel Caines produced a good 46,68.

Despite of his bad run there was a reason why Nils Schumann was more than

welcome in Erfurt this year. At the end of last year’s season he had

decided to turn back the clock. After his Olympic triumph he had changed his

club and because of this had to change his coach as well. So his father Peter

took over for last season. Having run for LG Nike Berlin for one year, he now

opened his season, wearing the vest of his old club again: SV Creaton

Großengottern, which is near Erfurt. “I am happy that after

Edmonton I could start to work with Dieter Hermann again”, Nils Schumann

said. It was a reason for the 800-m-runner to join Hermann’s club in

Großengottern again.

Results: 60 m: 1. Gennadiy Chernovol KAZ 6,57, 2. Freddy Mayola CUB 6,64, 3.

Darvis Patton USA 6,69. 200 m: 1. Marcin Urbas POL 21,09, 2. Steffen Otto GER

21,19, 3. Mathias Mertens GER 21,74 400 m (A and B race): 1. Daniel Caines GBR

46,68, 2. Bastian Swillims GER 46,70, 3. Lars Figura GER 47,75. 1000 m: 1.

Wolfram Müller GER 2:19,90, 2. Glody Dube BOT 2:20,25, 3. Arnoud Okken NED

2:20,31, 6. Nils Schumann GER 2:21,20. 3000 m: 1. Mario Kröckert GER

7:57,58, 2. Christian Knoblich GER 8:04,98, 3. Michael May GER 8:05,50. 60 m h:

1. Elmar Lichtenegger AUT 7,51, 2. Colin Jackson GBR 7,58, 3. Mike Fenner GER

7,61. LJ: 1. Younés Moudrik MAR 8,02, 2. Kenta Bell USA 7,94, 3.

Schahriar Bigdeli GER 7,88. PV: 1. Russlan Yeremenko UKR 5,80 and Tim Lobinger

GER 5,80, 3. Lars Börgeling GER 5,70. SP: 1. Milan Haborak SVK 20,22, 2.

Kevin Toth USA 19,32, 3. Detlef Bock GER 19,28.

Women: 60 m: 1. Chioma Ajunwa NGR 7,13, 2. Kelli White USA 7,14, 3. Karin

Mayr AUT 7,16. 400 m (A and B Race): 1. Grit Breuer GER 51,71, 2. Claudia Marx

GER 52,47, 3. Sandie Richards JAM 52,91. 800 m: 1. Renata Hoppova CZE 2:04,21,

2. Anja Knippel GER 2:04,49, 3. Tatyana Rodionova RUS 2:04,68. 60 m h : 1.

Lacena Golding-Clarke JAM 7,91, 2. Yahumara Neyra CUB 8,05, 3. Kimberley Carson

USA 8,08. LJ: 1. Ludmila Galkina RUS 6,68, 2. Y. Shekhovtsova UKR 6,48, 3.

Chioma Ajunwa NGR 6,42, 4. Heike Drechsler GER 6,23.