“We're coming back.” Oliver Zeidler wins the B final, his father is combative.
Tokyo - "After a defeat you have to get up again," says Heino Zeidler.
His son did that impressively on Friday morning.
One day after his bitter end in the semifinals (we report) Oliver Zeidler won the Olympic B-final with ease.
The 25-year-old prevailed ahead of the Italian Gennaro di Mauro and the Canadian Trevor Jones. The plan was actually to drive the first half of the race with the Italian. “But that was too slow. That's why Olli decided to go out offensively, lie down in front of the field and row the race home, ”said the coach. In the end, the rowing world champion from Schwaig was almost three seconds and more than a boat length ahead of di Mauro.
“Olli wanted to show that he is actually world class and that he can dominate the world leaders.
It was a question of honor to win today, ”said Heino Zeidler.
It was not clear whether his son could call up his physical performance again after he had exhausted himself so much the day before.
"But the result showed that we did a lot right and that he was in top physical shape," said Heino Zeidler.
In the semifinals, nature, the wind and the waves played badly to the gold favorite.
“Today, on the other hand, it was mirror-smooth water.
The A final - that could have been his day, ”said Heino Zeidler and then looked ahead.
The victory in the B final makes the decision about the future even easier.
"We're coming back," announced the trainer.
The next challenge awaits with the European Championships in Munich in 2022.
"And in 2023 the qualification for the Olympics 2024 will be again," says Heino Zeidler.
In Paris, his son definitely wants to be there again.
“You can stop frustrated after such a disappointment.
But you can also come back.
Olli is a fighter.
He dominated the opposition this year until this semi-final.
And that's how it should be again next year.
We will train for that. "
Oliver Zeidler flies home on Sunday. His master’s degree has been completed and he is now available to his employer Deloitte. “With a reduced hourly rate,” adds Heino Zeidler. He will need the rest of the time for training “to shape an era that will hopefully end with Olympic gold in 2024.