Today, at the first German trials for the Worlds this year in London – the qualifying event for the 2012 Olympic Games – almost all of the top elite gymnasts will give us a preview of what they’re capable of. Only three athletes will miss the competition due to several injuries: Last week, Matthias Fahrig landed his new tumbling pass on floor badly, a double arabian+front layout full. Luckily nothing tore or broke, all his foot needs is rest. In the meantime he’ll focus on the four remaining events, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar – not really his favorite and best events. If Matthias Fahrigs foot heals in time, he still might have a chance to be on the Worlds team as he could definitely medal on floor or vault. German Vice-Champion Brian Gladow underwent surgery on his shoulder in July and won’t be able to train for several month as well as Philip Sorrer who crashed very badly on his head after something on vault went wrong during training. Anton Wirth, Viktor Weber and Robert Weber won’t compete either.
The remaining gymnasts are: Philipp Boy, Marcel Nguyen, Fabian Hambüchen, Sebastian Krimmer, Eugen Spiridonov, Thomas Taranu, Andreas Toba, Steve Woitalla, Helge Liebrich, Andreas Bretschneider, Max Wittenberg-Voges, Jonas Rohleder, Florian Lindner and Ivan Rittschik.
Right now, I’m dreaming of an absolutely healthy Olympic year for everyone which would enable Germany to send a superb team including Fabian Hambüchen – by then he’ll be back at old strength on all apparatus – , Philipp Boy – the Vice-World Champion and European Champion, Marcel Nguyen – second in qualification at this years Europeans and Champion on parallel bars, Matthias Fahrig – mainly for floor and vault and Sebastian Krimmer – who’s excellent on pommel horse even under pressure (see TF at 2010 Worlds), good on vault and parallel bars and should improve a little bit on rings and high bar.
This year at the World Championships, Philipp Boy and Marcel Nguyen will definitely be on the team if they are healthy. Fabian Hambüchen and Matthias Fahrig would complement one another perfectly. If both aren’t prepared enough after the injuries, Sebastian Krimmer, Thomas Taranu and experienced gymnasts like Eugen Spiridonov or Robert Weber will help the team. For them it’s really important to score high in the all-around in order to contribute to a team which might include Hambüchen and Fahrig, both limited to 2-4 events.
So let’s see what the men will show today… you can follow the liveticker of the event (German) or read a report on GymNiceTic which I’ll publish after the meet.
The women including Kim Bui, Marie-Sophie Hindermann and Oksana Chusovitina will compete this evening – Elisabeth Seitz injured her foot (edema) in training when she slipped of the balance beam and watches the competition with crutches. She should be back for the German Championships in two weeks.