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Ecker, Lobinger, Friedrich head German team for Valencia

Pole Vaulters Danny Ecker and Tim Lobinger plus High Jumper Ariane Friedrich head the German team, which was nominated by the Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (DLV) for the World Indoor Championships. These three will carry German hopes for a medal in Valencia next week. But the shot putters may also be in with a chance.

The DLV named 16 athletes – ten men and six women – for the global championships. The team will have exactly the same size as in Moscow two years ago, when the Germans won three medals. Among these was the sensational gold by André Niklaus in the Heptathlon. But this time Niklaus missed qualifying for the World Indoors. From the team for Valencia there is one athlete who had won a medal two years ago: Tim Lobinger was third in Moscow in 2006.

The German Team

60 m  Marius Broening
1,500 m  Carsten Schlangen
 Christoph Lohse
3,000 m  Arne Gabius
60 m h  Thomas Blaschek
 Willi Mathiszik
PV  Tim Lobinger
 Danny Ecker
LG Peter Rapp
SP  Peter Sack

60 m  Verena Sailer
HJ  Ariane Friedrich
PV  Julia Hütter
 Anna Battke
SP  Denise Hinrichs
 Christina Schwanitz

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF