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German Record holder Peter Seifert hit by car during trainining camp – still in atificial coma

Sad news came in this week from Lanzarote where Peter Seifert was in a training camp. Peter was hit by a car on a training run and was brought to the hospital in Lanzarote and afterwards directly transported to Las Palmas/Gran Canaria already on 15th of March. Fortunately Peter was running with a fellow runner, who immediately gave first aid and informed emergency medical service. Because of severe head injuries, doctors had to place him into an artificial coma. Currently, Peter is still in an artificial coma but is getting better slowly.

Peter Seifert set a new German 50K record this March with a time of 2:52:14h in Marburg, winning the German National Championships at the same time. Only a couple of days after his victory he started his training camp to prepare for the upcoming events (most of all the qualification for the World Championships 100K). Of course those races are of minor importance now.

We all wish a good and fast recovery!!

Carsten Schlangen runs EURO-qualifier in the 1.500m

Carsten Schlangen is the first German Miler who ran faster than the 3:37,00 that are required to be nominated for the European Championships this year.

On June 29th he clocked a 3:36,37 to win a meeting in Metz/FRA. Schlangen stated: “After 1.000m I was alone already. The first pacemaker did a very good job but the second one was too slow so I had to pass him early already. However, one the final stretch I had a much better kick than in my last race in Wattenscheid.”

Fellow Germans Moritz Waldmann (3:41,71 min/7th), Christoph Lohse (3:43,06 min/9th) and Georg Eberhardt (3:44,29 min/10th) were further back in the field.

Steffen Uliczka runs European Championships qualification time in the steeple

Steeplechaser Steffen Uliczka surprisingly ran a 8:26,44 in his first 3.000m steeple-race of the season to qualify for the European Championships in Barcelona 2010.

In the “German Meeting” event in Cottbus he took second behind Kenyan Stephen Kiprotich. the 26-year old Uliczka stated that “the race was tailored for me”.”I’m at the beginning of my first competition period and that’s why I’m pretty surprised to have the qualification in my pocket already.” The qualification standard of the German athletics federation DLV for the steeple was set at 8:28,00min.

Antje Möldner to miss complete season 2010

German 3000m steeple champion Antje Möldner will not be able to compete in 2010. That also means she will not participate in the European Championships in Barcelona. Möldner has a lymphoid cells disorder which requires long-term treatment. Her return to training will most probably be in November 2010. The German hope was 9th in the Berlin World Championships last year with a German record of 9:18.54 min.

Antje Möldner calls off indoor season

German steeple chase record holder (9:18,54 min) Antje Möldner is not competing in this years indoor season due to illness.

The 25-year old was supposed to open her indoor season last weekend but her coach Beate Conrad reported that she is not going to participate in the weekends 1.500m race and that the indoor season is over for her, before it even started. Möldner was in a 10-day training camp in Spain with several German top athletes at the beginning of 2010.

Möldner is now planning to get healthy and to be ready for an altitude training camp in Flagstaff/USA at the beginning of March.

Carsten Schlangen: fractured shinbone

German middle distance runner Carsten Schlangen is out of the training for the winter season before it even started. The athlete from LG Nord Berlin has to cure a stress fracture in his shinbone.

As it was found out now, Schlangen was already injured when he competed in the IAAF World Championships in Berlin this year. In Berlin he missed the semi-finals with a time of 3:44,00. It seems that he suffered the fracture before the German National Championships in early July. However, at that time his injury was diagnosed as a periostitis.

Until November the 28-year old is not allowed to make any running training and therefore Schlangen is concentrating on the final diploma thesis of his studies in architecture. After that he wants to focus on the preparations for the European Championships in Barcelona 2010.

Jan Fitschen: I’m not finished yet

The last couple of months it was getting quiet around Jan Fitschen. Fitschen was mostly seen on PR instead of running events. Now the 32-year old European 10.000m Champion announced that he is not finished yet and that he has a plan for the upcoming weeks.

After getting married last weekend, Fitschen will pace his cousin in the 10K-race of the Munich Marathon. Following this event he will enjoy his honeymoon and then he wants to start serious training again.

Jan Fitschen was continuously disturbed by plantar tendon problems over the course of the last months but progress was also made since this summer. He did a lot of physiotherapy that included stabilisation and foot exercises. Now he is already able to do some jumps and hopefully the suffering will come to an end.

If the German can defend his European title in next years European Championships in Barcelona is still uncertain. Too often the injury problems crossed his plans, but he optimistically states that his athletic career is still ranked number 1 in his life. Nevertheless he will start some distance studies in the future.

Luminita Zaituc: Last competitive marathon in Frankfurt 2009

The Frankfurt marathon on October 25th, 2009 is going to be the last one in the competitive career of German marathon runner Luminita Zaituc. Zaituc is the 4th-fastest German in the all-time list of German marathoning and has a lot of good memories about the Frankfurt race.

Zaituc set her PB with a time of 2:26:01h when she won the Frankfurt marathon in 2001. One year later she got second with a time of 2:29:57h and 2003 she won the same race again with a time of 2:29:41h.

When the gun goes off for the 28th edition of the Frankfurt marathon on 25th of October, the “Grande dame” of German marathon running will be 41 years of age. Zaituc will race against the strongest female field in the history of the Frankfurt marathon, with Kenyans Rose Cheruiyot, Ruth Wanjiru, Agnes Kiprop and Ethiopian Firehiwot Dado being the favourites for the title in the womens race.

World Championships marathoner Tobias Sauter injured

German Marathon runner Tobias Sauter, who ran far under his possibilities in the Berlin World Championships marathon was already injured in the race in the German capital. Two weeks before the marathon Sauter started to get problems and a MRI that was taken now in the university hospital Tübingen revealed that the semimembranosus muscle is ruptured and a disc prostrution with several edema in the thigh muscles exists.

A training break of several weeks is needed and even an operation might be required.

Tobias Sauter has a PB of 2:17:27h (Düsseldorf 2008) and placed 66th with a time of 2:35:43h in the IAAF World Championships 2009 in Berlin.

Marathonscene wishes “Tobi” a good recovery and a strong comeback for 2010.

Sabrina Mockenhaupt runs Cologne marathon on 4th of October 2009

Sabrina Mockenhaupt announced that she will run the full marathon distance at the “13. Köln Marathon” that will take place only 6 weeks after the World Championships Marathon, where she also competed in the marathon.

In the IAAF world championships marathon in the German capital Berlin she was the fastest German marathon participant with a time of 2:30:07h and 17th place overall.

Initially “Mocki” planned to run the halfmarathon at the event in Köln/Cologne but as she is in good fitness and wants to win in front of the home crowd she changed her plans. Her coach Heinz Weber said that the recovery time was extraordinary and believes that she can break the course record in Cologne. Until now Angelina Kanana was the fastest women in the race in 1997 with a time of 2:27:27. Sabrina Mockenhaupt recorded her PB in last years Frankfurt Marathon, where she won with the time of 2:26:22h.

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