110-pound handball star once caught a two-meter monster: "Heavier than me"
Created: 01/12/2023, 09:41 am
By: Hannes Niemeyer
Jannik Kohlbacher wants to play for the title with Germany at the 2023 Handball World Cup.
But he is also successful in a second hobby: fishing.
Katowice – At just 27 years old, Jannik Kohlbacher is already one of the most experienced in the German national team at the 2023 Handball World Championship. He and DHB captain Johannes Golla have had big footsteps to fill in their position since summer 2021.
Defense chief Hendrik Pekeler resigned from the national team.
With Patrick Wiencek, the second circle player from the former world-class middle block of the DHB team has also not been active for the national team since last year.
Now it's up to Golla and Kohlbacher to fill in the gap at the upcoming World Cup (here's the whole schedule).
But the latter definitely knows his way around difficult tasks.
Kohlbacher was already in the DHB squad for the sensational European championship title in 2016.
The native of southern Hesse, who is under contract with the top club Rhein-Neckar Löwen in the Bundesliga, has been an integral part of the national team ever since.
Kohlbacher without handball in hand?
If it hadn't worked out with the great career, he would have had a plan B ready, as reported by tz.de.
And it's not called "Let's Dance", like ex-world champion Michael Kraus.
This is how the fans want to see Jannik Kohlbacher at the Handball World Cup.
In his free time, the circle runner likes to fish.
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Handball World Cup: Jannik Kohlbacher could have imagined a fishing career
Many athletes report that they have turned their hobby into a career.
According to his own statement, Kohlbacher actually wanted to be a teacher or an architect.
The 1.93 meter pivot could even have imagined making his second hobby alongside handball his main job.
When he's not scoring goals, he enjoys spending time by the water and fishing.
In a conversation with children's reporters, organized by the Rhein-Neckar Löwen in February 2022, Kohlbacher even reported that he had already toyed with the idea of working as a tour guide in the fishing industry at some point.
That would be possible, because with huge successes he is not only familiar with handball, but also with fishing - literally.
If winning the European Championships in 2016 is probably his greatest sporting title, he also has some successes on the fishing route.
He also spoke about a special moment in front of the camera in a video contribution for the Handball Bundesliga from five years ago, which is still available on YouTube.
At that time, Kohlbacher was still active at HSG Wetzlar and stated that he fished two to three times a week.
In the video, he reports on the "feeling of catching a fish that is bigger than yourself for the first time" and also shows a photo of a particularly large catch, which even comes from a local body of water and is said to have been 2.12 meters long.
Big catch: National handball player Jannik Kohlbacher shows one of his greatest fishing successes.
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Handball star Kohlbacher once caught huge catfish: "It was even heavier than me"
He spoke to the children's reporters at the Rhein-Neckar Löwen about his biggest catch.
He regularly goes to Spain to a friend's fishing camp.
There he caught a real monstrosity of fish: a 2.59 meter long catfish.
"He was even heavier than me," said Kohlbacher, who weighs 110 kilograms according to the club's website, but had to admit: "But he was also bigger".
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Kohlbacher now wants to play for the next big catch at the Handball World Cup.
In the squad he is almost one of the "old hands", together with left winger Rune Dahmke, who incidentally is in a relationship with a three-time world handball player.
The tournament will also depend on hopeful Juri Knorr, who was still struggling with Corona headlines a year ago.