Clemens Wickler's medal hunt at the Olympics ends in the penultimate step.
Born in Hanfelder, he loses the beach volleyball quarter-finals with Julius Thole 0: 2.
Hanfeld / Tokyo - An Olympic medal will not go to the Starnberg district this year, that has been certain since yesterday afternoon.
And yet Hanfeld and the whole district can be proud of the achievement of the probably most famous son from the small village near Starnberg: At Julius Thole's side, Clemens Wickler, who was born in Hanfeld, did an excellent job at his first Olympic Games, but Wednesday was short before 3 p.m. German time, ending in Tokyo.
The German duo lost to the Russian world champions Oleg Stojanowski / Vyacheslav Krassilnikow in the quarterfinals with 0: 2 (16:21, 19:21).
Olympia, beach volleyball: Russians hit hard, Thole / Wickler too carefully
Immediately after the elimination, the 26-year-old did not have a real explanation for the defeat against the feared opponents from Russia, to whom Thole / Wickler had already been defeated in the World Cup final two years ago.
“You served well.
We didn't have the most aggressive solutions in the attack, ”summarized Wickler in the ARD and thus summed up the biggest differences.
Defensive player Krassilnikow in particular fished numerous German balls off the ground in the first set, and Stojanowski in the block also showed his best performance in the tournament so far.
On the other hand, Thole and Wickler acted too cautiously at times in the serves.
Olympia, beach volleyball: Wickler and Thole fight their way back in the second set
The runner-up world champions from Germany got off to a good start in the first round, but towards the middle of the set the Russian team pulled away a little and managed this lead.
"In the second set we fought our way back quite well," said Clemens Wickler.
After another deficit deep in the second lap, the Hanfeldman brought himself and his Hamburg partner closer to 19:19 with a strong series of serves.
The ripped off opposite then closed the sack.
"You are not wrongly world champion", summarized Wickler afterwards.
Clemens Wickler after the Olympic Games: "That hurts particularly right now"
After a short overcoming of frustration, the 26-year-old appeared to be fairly composed in the TV interview immediately after the end of the game, but admitted: “It's a shame so close to the semi-finals.
That hurts particularly right now. "
With a little distance, however, Clemens Wickler and Julius Thole should also be proud of their own achievements.
They have the next chance in three years.
Then the two beach volleyball players in Paris can reach for the Olympic medal.