The German Swimming Federation (DSV, dsv.de) published a press release about the training of the German national team in Belek, Turkey. German National Head Coach Henning Lambertz draws a positive interim conclusion: “Here in Turkey all athletes are in good shape, there are no absences due to illness. The tests – whether sprinting or long distance – went well. We hope that we can take the good form from here to Kazan, “said Lambertz . He is also enthusiastic about the training conditions at the Gloria Sports Arena in Belek: “The conditions here in the Gloria Sports Arena are world class. I think this is the best sports complex which is available throughout Europe.”
The DSV team has trained since July 15th in Turkey, and on Wednesday the first open water swimmers flew from there towards Kazan. The first pool swimmers will arrive in Russia on July 27th, according to the DSV website.
Also, two-time German Olympic champion Britta Steffen expressed her optimism about the team in an interview with “Hessischer Rundfunk, saying “I believe that the opportunities are actually not so bad. Despite the greater international power density, I think, medals are possible in addition to final places. Right now I’m very positive.”
The only medal for the German pool swimmers at the last World Championships (in Barcelona in 2013) was courtesy of Marco Koch in the 200 m breaststroke with a second place. There are a few German swimmers who currently are among the best in the world ranking, like Paul Biedermann who leads the 200 freestyle in 1:45,60, Franziska Hentke, who sits 1st in the 200 m butterfly in 2:05,26, Marco Koch, 3rd 200 m breaststroke in 2:08,57, Jenny Mensing, 7th in the 200 m back in 2:08,48 and Jacob Heidtmann, 10th on the 400 m IM in 4:13,28.
Steffen herself won’t attend the World Championships in Kazan from July 24th to August 9th. She retired from competitive swimming in 2013 and plans to take a vacation after the World Championships with her boyfriend, Biedermann. The 31 year old Steffen has a degree in Industrial Engineering and now studies Human Resources Management. At the Berlin Fashion Week 2015, held from July 7 to 11, Steffen walked across the cat walk for the German fashion label “Tulpen” – where she presented a glamorous wedding dress. But of course the German fans would prefer to see the prominent swimmer couple getting married someday in real life.