Sports Olympic champion Wellbrock does not use 800 m-start
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Rome after Corona infection. Swimming Olympic champion Florian Wellbrock does not use 800 m freestyle due to his training deficit after a corona infection at the European Championship in Rome. As the German Swimming Association (DSV) announced on Wednesday, the double world champion from Budapest withdrew his message.
national coach Bernd Berkhahn had previously announced that Wellbrock had to step shorter in Rome. Peit "rather the 1500, then he would have more time for the preparation," said the coach, "then he could also swim open water." The 800 m runs will be started on Friday, and the next Monday the 1500 m will begin. The open water races will be held from August 18 to 21.
Wellbrock had been infected with Corona after the World Cup in Budapest, "had a full program with sore throat, fever and cough", as he told the SID and had to expose them to training for several weeks. For Rome, he announced: "We decide from day to day and races from races what we do and how we do." At the World Cup, the 24 -year -old had won five medals at five starts - as the first German swimmer since Michael Groß 40 years ago.
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