Rostock (LEN) – Due to chronic back problems Germany’s Sascha Klein has to forego a start in the individual 10m platform event at the Arena European Diving Championships in Rostock. He will be replaced by Martin Wolfram; compatriot Dominik Stein will also compete in this event. However, Klein will start in the men’s synchronized 10m platform event together with his partner Patrick Hausding – the pair will be aiming for their eighth consecutive victory at Europeans in this event.

“Of course Sascha Klein’s focus is on the World Championships in Kazan in seven weeks. He’ll start a rehab shortly,” explained Germany’s national coach Lutz Buschkow. Klein suffered the back injury during the FINA World Series meeting in Kazan at the end of April. At the European Diving Championships last year in Berlin, Klein earned the bronze medal in the individual 10m platform event.

Additionally, the German team has to adjust to another change: European Championship newcomer Christina Wassen is plagued by an elbow injury and will not be able to compete. Similar to Klein, the 16-year-old shall focus on the upcoming Worlds in Russia. Wassen’s starting place in Rostock (originally she was scheduled to compete in the 10m synchronized event together with Tina Punzel) will thus go to last year’s European silver medalists Maria Kurjo and My Phan. By the way – she will not be able to compete at the European Junior Championships during the 2015 European Games in Baku either.

Host Germany is facing yet another change and will be represented in the Team Event by Patrick Hausding and Maria Kurjo. Originally, Tina Punzel and Martin Wolfram were scheduled to compete in this first event at the “Neptun Schwimmhalle” in Rostock on Tuesday. Hausding now has the chance to collect four medals – apart from the Team Event he will compete in the 3m springboard event as well as in the two synchronized events (3m / with Stephan Feck – 10m / with Sascha Klein). Last year, Hausding won three gold medals and one silver medal. So far, the 26-year-old from Berlin has 11 European titles to his name.