Robert Harting celebrates retaining his Discus Throw World Championships title (© Getty Images)
A total of 67 athletes, 35 men and 32 women, have been named by the Germany Athletics Federation (DLV) to compete at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
At the last World Championships in Daegu, Germany finished fifth on the medals table with three gold medals. Two of those gold medallists – discus thrower Robert Harting and shot putter David Storl – will defend their titles in Moscow, but 2011 Javelin champion Matthias De Zordo will miss this year’s World Championships through injury.
Harting is joined on the team by his younger brother, Christoph Harting, and Martin Wierig, one of just two men to have defeated Harting this year.
The youngest member of the team is 19-year-old long jumper Malaika Mihambo, winner at the recent European Junior Championships, while the oldest athlete on the team is 35-year-old Olympic Pole Vault silver medallist Bjorn Otto.
Discus thrower Nadine Muller and hammer thrower Betty Heidler both took silver at the last World Championships and will once again be among Germany’s medal hopes at this year’s edition.
No less than seven German men achieved the 8200 ‘A’ standard in the Decathlon, making selection in that event particularly difficult. The three places were given to the top-scoring athletes in the country this year – Pascal Behrenbruch, Rico Freimuth and Michael Schrader.
With an average age of 25.1 years, the focus for the DLV has been on the future generation for this year’s World Championships.
“The aim of these young athletes is to survive in the conditions of an international championship and develop their individual potential,” said DLV head coach Idriss Gonschinska. “We are convinced that this young team has the potential to compete with good overall results among the great nations of world athletics in Russia.”
Injury has forced the withdrawals of 2011 World Pole Vault silver medallist Martina Strutz, discus thrower Anna Ruh and sprinter Anna-Lena Freese.
The 4x100m teams will be finalised after a competition this Friday in Weinheim.
DLV for the IAAF
GERMAN TEAM FOR MOSCOW
100m: Julian Reus
1500m: Carsten Schlangen, Homiyu Tesfaye
5000m: Arne Gabius
110m Hurdles: Erik Balnuweit
400m Hurdles: Silvio Schirrmeister
3000m Steeplechase: Steffen Uliczka
50km Race Walk: Christopher Linke
Pole Vault: Raphael Holzdeppe, Malte Mohr, Bjorn Otto
Long Jump: Sebastian Bayer, Alyn Camara, Christian Reif
Shot Put: David Storl
Discus: Robert Harting, Christoph Harting, Martin Wierig
Hammer: Markus Esser
Javelin: Lars Hamann, Thomas Rohler, Bernhard Seifert
Decathlon: Pascal Behrenbruch, Rico Freimuth, Michael Schrader
4x100m: Lucas Jakubczyk, Martin Keller, Maximilian Kessler*, Sven Knipphals, Alexander Kosenkow*, Matthias Lindner*, Reus, Roy Schmidt*
4x400m: David Gollnow, Eric Krueger, Jonas Plass, Miguel Rigau, Thomas Schneider
100m: Tatjana Pinto, Verena Sailer
400m: Esther Cremer
1500m: Diana Sujew
10,000m: Sabrina Mockenhaupt
100m Hurdles: Nadine Hildebrand
3000m Steeplechase: Gesa Felicitas Krause, Antje Moldner-Schmidt
High Jump: Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch
Pole Vault: Kristina Gadschiew, Carolin Hingst, Liza Ryzih, Silke Spiegelburg
Long Jump: Lena Malkus, Malaika Mihambo, Sosthene Moguenara
Shot Put: Christina Schwanitz, Josephine Terlecki
Discus: Julia Fischer, Nadine Muller
Hammer: Betty Heidler, Kathrin Klaas
Javelin: Katharina Molitor, Christina Obergfoll, Linda Stahl
Heptathlon: Kira Biesenbach, Julia Machtig, Claudia Rath
4x100m: Maike Dix, Katherina Grompe, Yasmin Kwadwo*, Pinto, Sailer, Inna Weit
*Selection to be confirmed after competing in a 4x100m race this Friday in Weinheim