The Freising athletes want to take off - but many are slowed down.
How the Corona measures influence the competition planning of LAG athletes.
- “My runners absolutely need a perspective.” With these haunting words, running coach Francisco Munoz from the LAG Mittlere Isar describes what is currently moving him. The first athletics competitions are now being held, but due to the applicable Corona rules, participation in this country is only reserved for cadre athletes. Due to this requirement, his athletes have so far not been given a chance or in the starting blocks.
With Samuel Blake, coach Munoz looks after an excellent 1,500-meter runner, whose performance would be “fit for the squad”: In the past indoor season he ran - with one of the few starting opportunities - a fantastic 3: 43.12 minutes on his parade route.
Only five German athletes were faster.
The problem: Because the middle-distance ace has an Australian passport, he is not sponsored by the Bavarian or German Athletics Association, which is why he is currently not allowed to take part in competitions.
Fast girl: Freising sprinter Lana Pavic (14) belongs to the select group of squad athletes - and will start in the squad competition in Munich's Dante stadium on Sunday.
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“Of course, we can also do intensive runs in training.
But the effect is not the same as with a start number on your chest and high-performance opponents in a real race, ”says Munoz, emphasizing the need for official events to develop the form.
The fact that they are not allowed to get involved naturally also puts a strain on the other runners in his training group.
Some of them have already made it onto the podium at state championships, and this year they would like to play a role in the Bavarian mid-July again.
Before the corona pandemic, the usual build-up competitions in May were used to develop the form and meet the necessary qualification standards.
So far, however, this has not been feasible, and no one knows how or whether the loss can be compensated for.
The season's goals are in jeopardy
The national championships for track and field athletes in the U 23 age group are scheduled to take place on June 26th and 27th this year. 400-meter hurdles specialist Lena Lipp from LC Freising flirted with participation at this highlight in the competition calendar. It would have to undercut its previous best performance by about a second to meet the norm of 61.80 seconds. It is clear that everything has to be right to cope with this challenge and that such a time will most likely not succeed in the first competition.
For his athletes, Francisco Munoz is extremely sorry for the current unsatisfactory situation. Would it be difficult for him to put his athletes off? Although leading aerosol experts like Christof Asbach, President of the Society for Aerosol Research, propagate that nothing speaks against sports in the fresh air? Munoz is diplomatic: "I would definitely not want to swap places with a politician." “Basically I can't complain. Most of my athletes are still training hard. But they would like to show their assets in competition, "emphasizes the native Spaniard, whose training, taking into account the applicable Corona requirements,has never paused.
Vienna instead of Munich or Regensburg
The coach-athlete team has found an alternative for Samuel Blake, who is currently attested by his coach in "outstanding form": On May 15, the Australian is expected to compete over 1,500 or 5,000 meters at the Mid Summer Track Night in Vienna .
A look at the start list reveals that more runners from Germany will gather in Austria who have fallen through the grid of squad promotion.
What does not seem to make sense from an infectiological point of view is for them the only possibility to set competition incentives, to meet qualification norms and not to endanger the long-term performance development.
Munoz also wants prompt solutions for these second-row athletes.
Sprinters are in the starting blocks
The 14-year-old Freising sprinter Lana Pavic belongs to that select group of squad athletes. Last year, the athlete from LC Freising mastered the 100 meters in a remarkable 12.56 seconds, making her the third fastest sprinter in her class in Germany and getting the coveted ticket for admission to the support team of the Bavarian Athletics Association. As a result, she will be one of the few athletes in the Free State of Bavaria to be able to slip into her jersey in the squad competition in Munich's Dante Stadium on Sunday, May 9th.
Of course, trainer Gaby Hagl gives her sprinter this rare opportunity, although she too is fundamentally critical of the two-tier society. "For the athletes who do not belong to a squad, it is difficult to understand that their colleagues or competitors are allowed to start and they are not," says the trainer. This is particularly annoying in her case, as her all-rounders Lina Bachmann and Johanna Billmeir (both of whom became Upper Bavarian Vice-Champions in 2020) were about to join the squad. Due to the corona and to the disadvantage of Lina and Johanna, however, the number of management positions was reduced for 2021.
Like her coaching colleague Munoz, Hagl expressly praises the motivation of her talents: “For several weeks we have been training in groups of two on a tartan track in the surrounding area, on which we are tolerated.
Together with the rising temperatures, the regular units provided a real boost in motivation. ”The trainer is currently on the sports field three times a week.
Folding hurdles and a starting block were even bought to make the units more varied.
Triple jump instead of relay training
An important part of the exercise that Hagl and her athletes sorely miss is relay training. This includes four sprinters, which the Infection Protection Act does not allow. So the baton remains in your pocket for the time being. Nevertheless, Hagl's training is extremely varied. For example, Lina Bachmann has tried her hand at the triple jump for the first time in the past few weeks and has already shown promising jumps. The norm for the Bavarian championship would be tangible if it weren't for Corona.
Gaby Hagl even had ideas for solutions to the tricky situation in her head: In her opinion, discipline-specific competitions should be held.
That would mean, for example: All jump specialists gather in Munich, the runners in Regensburg and so on.
As a result, the starting fields would not be larger than at the squad events taking place - and the athletes in the second row would benefit greatly from this.
In any case, Munoz and Hagl hope that something will work again by June at the latest.
There is hope - and it comes in small doses, in vaccination doses.
Because the fact is: The Freising athletes want to be able to show what they can do again as quickly as possible under competitive conditions.
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