Swimming star Florian Wellbrock has to learn to swim again

Florian Wellbrock actually wanted to continue his title hunt at the European Swimming Championships in August. But that is now uncertain. The coronavirus makes life difficult for the Olympic champion.

Florian Wellbrock again competed against time. So is the ever-present best German swimmer. But this time it’s not about the best times on the water. This time it’s a battle with himself, will his body be able to perform as well as it did four weeks before the European Championships in Rome on August 11.

Review: Wellbrock made history at the World Championships in Budapest. The 24-year-old became the first German swimmer since Michael Gross to win five medals: world champion over 5km and open water medley relay, silver over 800m freestyle and bronze over 1500m freestyle and over 10km in an open race. water “It was an experiment, no one knew if and how I would go through five routes. It was great to come home with five medals,” Wellbrock said.

Neither Magdeburg nor their coach Bernd Berkhan liked what happened next: Corona. Several German swimmers were infected with the virus. “My luck is only after the World Cup,” says the Bremen player and continues. “If you listen to how Corona went with others, I probably had a more severe course with fever, sore throat and cough. It set me back a week. and a half.”

“I’m just learning to swim”

Instead of training in Paris and taking part in the open water competition, Wellbrock stayed in bed. The recovery phase was good for him, but it happened at the wrong time. “Including the World Cup and preparing for it, I haven’t trained properly for six or seven weeks. You can see it very clearly in the water now,” says Wellbrock, making an exaggerated comparison after a week and a half of training. the beginner himself. “I’m just learning to swim again.”

Thus, his plans were thrown overboard. He decided not to participate in the training camp to be held in Mallorca, preparing for the European Championship to be held in Rome. “I could go there for three or four days to train, it’s better to sleep and train at home,” says the Olympic champion in open water from Tokyo.

Wellbrock leaves out if he even goes to EM. Because the Magdeburger is always ambitious. “When I start, I want to win,” he says. Even in continental championships. Coach Bernd Berkhan already announced after the World Championship that he did not even rule out five titles in five starts. “If you prepare perfectly and if he’s healthy.” That won’t happen in Rome now, as Welbrock can’t handle this mammoth World Cup-like program under the circumstances. “Now I have to see what’s possible. But I definitely rule out five starts like in the World Cup. If I start, we’ll definitely limit the starts, but that’s still under discussion,” Wellbrock said.

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