Patrick Hausding: “Rarely at home“

Rostock (LEN) – Last year in Berlin, Germany’s Patrick Hausding took the title - among others - in the 3m springboard event. “With a bit of luck I could do it again here in Rostock, but it’s not a foregone conclusion,” said the top-class diver prior to the beginning of the Arena European Diving Championships. Hausding put in some good performances at the FINA World Diving Series over the past few months. “In some events I even defeated divers from Russia and China. This is a great motivation, especially for the upcoming Worlds,” the 26-year-old from Berlin explained. The World Championships will be carried out in Kazan, Russia, on July 24-August 9.

“The Diving World Series was exhausting,” Hausding confessed: “I was rarely at home. In the past six weeks I was away for five of them.” Hausding will be competing in four events in Rostock, with the exception of the non-Olympic 1m springboard event. “I really enjoy the synchronized 10m platform but not only because I’m quite successful in this discipline,” he said.

After she passed her A levels, Tina Punzel will finally be able to concentrate on diving. She has good memories of the championships two years ago at the same venue when she surprisingly won the 3m springboard. “I remembered this moment when I arrived at the pool,” Punzel explained. Rostock is an important stepping stone on her way to the upcoming World Championships in Kazan. “It will give me an idea where I stand with regard to the European diving elite.” In Punzel’s opinion her main competitors are, apart from Italy’s Tania Cagnotto, the divers from Russia and the Ukraine.

The German Swimming Federation, DSV, will be represented by 13 athletes. “Sascha Klein will not be competing in the individual 10m platform event,” national coach Lutz Buschkow said. Klein suffers from a back injury and had to cancel some events of the World Diving Series. And Christina Wassen, who has an elbow injury, will undergo surgery on Wednesday. “We hope that she’ll be fit again for the Worlds in Kazan,” Buschkow explained.