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Grosseto champions head Germany's Junior team for Beijing

member German team for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, was announced by the DLV two days after the national Youth Championships in Bochum-Wattenscheid.

Among the 31 men and 37 women there will be the two athletes who won gold two years ago at the 2004 edition of the Championships in Grosseto, Lisa Ryzih (Pole Vault) and Vivian Zimmer (Javelin Throw).

Almost parallel to her older sister by 11 years, Nastja, who seven years after her surprising win at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Maebashi (Japan) finally improved her then best (4.50m) to 4.61m, Lisa improved her personal best on 7 July to 4.35 m.

In Grosseto, where she was, as before at the 2003 World Youth Championships, the youngest champion, she jumped 4.30m. In 2005, due to an injury which she suffered during a PE class in school, she faced some setbacks.

Even worse was Vivian Zimmer’s situation, who, after a 60m throw, was looking forward to compete at the 2005 World Youth Championships. Two elbow surgeries forced her to sit out for 9 months until she could start back practice at the beginning of 2006.

Her first competition was at the beginning of July. On the day of her 19th birthday, she won her 3rd national junior title in Bochum-Wattenscheid. She is hoping to throw further in Beijing than in Grosseto (58.50 m).

Lisa Ryzih, on the contrary, thinks in regards to the Pole Vault: “Possibly you have to jump a World Junior record to win! “

Thanks to her improvement to 18.21m, shot putter Denise Hinrichs, who competes like the former three-time World and Olympic champion Astrid Kumbernuss for the SC Neubrandenburg, is one of the biggest German hope for Beijing. In spring she was stopped by an injury though. Not being in best shape yet, she threw 16.79m at the German Junior Championships. She is not a clear favourite anymore.

There are a few talented athletes on the German team for Beijing who have a mother or a father who were world class athletes themselves. Manuel Ilg, who is nominated for the 4x400m relay, is the son of the first 3000m Steeplechase World Champion Patriz Ilg.

The mother of the very talented 800m runner Robin Schembera (1:47.29 at the age of 17), whose maiden name was Antje Schröder, competed in the 800m final at the first IAAF World Championships 1983 in Helsinki. Shortly before she ran the 800m in 1:57.57.

Falko Zauber, the other Junior champion in the middle distances, has former DDR champion in the 1500m from 1981 (3:59,90 minutes), Angelika Zauber (former Kuhse) and the 1500m DDR Indoor Champion (1982 and 1983) Lutz Zauber as parents.

The team will fly in three groups on 6, 7 and 8 August from Munich to Beijing. Due to a better climate athletes will get acclimated in Qinhuangdao (Province Hebei), which is 400km away, and not in the Chinese capital before flying to Beijing when competition starts.

Gustav Schwenk for the IAAF

Men

100m
Christian Blum (10/3/1987) 10.39
Julian Reusch (29/4/1988) 10.44

200m
Christian Blum (10/3/1987) 21.00
Nils Müller (19/11/1987) 21.16

400m
Stephan Behr (25/7/1987) 47.29

800m
Robin Schembera (1/10/1988) 1:47.29
Sebastian Keiner (22/8/1989) 1:47.61

1500m
Falko Zauber (16/4/1987) 3:45.49

110m Hurdles
Paul Dittmer (1/1/1987) 13.83
Erik Balnuweit (21/9/1988) 13.91

400m Hurdles
Stephan Stoll (16/8/1987) 51.58

High Jump
Benjamin Lauckner (3/4/1987) 2.20
Raul Spank (13/7/1988) 2.20

Pole Vault
Marvin René Reitze (24/9/1988) 5.45 
Raphael Marcel Holzdeppe (28/9/1989) 5.30

Triple Jump
Nico Bayer (14/6/1987) 15.64

Shot Put
Tobias Hepperle (8/5/1987) 19.17

Discus Throw 
Martin Wierig (10/6/1987) 61.75
Martin Wischer (4/7/1987) 59.13

Hammer Throw
Alexander Ziegler (7/7/1987) 75.48 
Benjamin Hedermann (20/1/1987) 72.62

Javelin Throw
Franz Burghagen (16/3/1989) 73.41
Thomas Lange (1/10/1987) 71.50

Decathlon
Michael Schrader (1/7/1987) 7695
Matthias Prey (9/8/1988) 7552

4x100m
Christian Blum (10/3/1987) 10.39
Aleixo-Platini Menga (29/9/1987) 10.39
Julian Reus (29/4/1988) 10.44 
George Petzold (19/8/1987) 10.60 
Stefan Schwab (29/5/1987)

4x400m
Stephan Behr (25/7/1987) 47.29
Quentin Seigel (7/4/1988) 47.51
Eric Krüger (21/3/1988) 47.53
Manuel Ilg (30/6/1987) 47.72
Sebastian Fiene (28/1/1989) 48.00

Women

100m
Julia Sutschet (28/8/1988) 11.70   

200m
Juliane Stolle (30/10/1988) 23.39

400m
Janin Lindenberg (20/1/1987) 53.19
Lena Schmidt (4/8/1989) 53.78

800m
Anett Horna (4/2/1987) 2:03.93
Anne Kesselring (4/12/1989) 2:06.29

1500m
Denise Krebs (27/6/1987) 4:18.35

100m Hurdles
Anne Katrin Elbe (24/2/1987) 13.45
Nadine Hildebrand (20/9/1987) 13.50

400m Hurdles
Frederike Schönfeld (8/5/1987) 58.19
Julia Müller-Foell (13/2/1989) 59.24

3000m Steeplechase
Julia Hiller (24/7/1987) 10:12.75
Susi Lutz (26/3/1987) 10:21.43

High Jump
Anett Engel (6/11/1987) 1.90
Jennifer Klein (3/4/1988) 1.84

Pole Vault
Lisa Ryzih (27/9/1988) 4.35
Christina Michel (16/12/1989) 4.05

Long Jump
Annika Leipold (13/4/1987) 6.55
Melanie Bauschke (14/7/1988) 6.30

Triple Jump
Celine Hanenberger (19/10/1990) 13.08

Shot Put 
Denise Hinrichs (7/6/1987) 17.56 (indoor 18.21) 
Isabell von Loga (3/2/1988) 15.91

Discus Throw
Kristina Gehrig (21/6/1987) 53.14 
Anna-Katharina Weller (5/2/1989) 52.16

Hammer Throw
Tiffany Newton (3/6/1987) 57.48 
Kristin Steinert (3/9/1987) 57.26

Javelin Throw
Vivian Zimmer (22/7/1987) 57.43 
Sandra Schaffarzik (22/6/1987) 57.13

Heptathlon : Diana Dorothee Rach (9/7/1989) 5807
Romy Gürbig (1/3/1988) 5638

4x100m
Juliane Stolle (30/10/1988) 11.66
Julia Sutschet (28/8/1988) 11.70
Isabel Galander (5/12/1989) 12.00
Sarah Heinrich (5/8/1988) 12.19
Manuela Schwarz (18/9/1988) 12.07

4x400m
Janin Lindenberg (20/1/1987) 53.19
Lena Schmidt (4/8/1989) 53.78
Desirée Meyer (10/11/1987) 54.28
Sorina Nwachukwu (21/8/1987) 54.29
Carolin Walter (29/2/1988) 54.42