Tokyo. The competition days of the Olympic Games in Japan are well filled. Between July 21 and August 8, thousands of athletes compete for the coveted medals. Due to the seven-hour time difference, most competitions in Germany take place at night or in the morning. After the start in softball and soccer as well as some preliminary rounds in competitions outside of Tokyo, the big competition program is now running with numerous preliminary fights and 339 decisions.
On Monday (August 2nd) two Leipzig aces are required. At the beginning of the second week of the Olympics, racing canoeist Tina Dietze (SG LVB) and track cyclist Felix Groß enter their competitions. For Tina Dietze, the two-person kayak over 500 meters is initially on the program – in this discipline, the 33-year-old and Franziska John-Weber from Potsdam won gold in London in 2012 and silver in Rio in 2016. This time the Leipzig woman paddles with Sabrina Pradler-Hering from Hanover – the German duo is challenged for the first time on Monday in the fourth and final run at 4:29 a.m. German time.
The team pursuit tournament for driver Felix Groß and the German track four-wheeler begins on Monday at 10.02. In the qualification, none of the eight teams are eliminated – it’s about a good starting position in the medal fight, which will pick up speed on Tuesday. The best four teams will duel directly on Tuesday and can all still win gold and silver. But the four in positions five to eight can still reach the small final for bronze on Wednesday.