Patrick Hausding’s Olympic career ended earlier than expected.
Tokyo – Patrick Hausding’s Olympic career ended earlier than expected.
The European water jump champion surprisingly retired on Monday in Tokyo in the preliminary fight from the three-meter board as 21st. With 364.05 points, he was 19 points short of the semi-finals on Tuesday. In Rio de Janeiro Hausding had won the bronze medal in this discipline.
“This is sport. It can go well, it can also go badly,” said the 32-year-old and thought it was “just sad”. “That was my first and last really bad performance at the Olympics.” The Berliner was at a loss after the six rounds: “I don’t understand how it could go so wrong. The way I jumped in and my training was, I would have had so many points easily with five jumps.”
Martin Wolfram from Dresden came in eighth with 444.50 points. The Chinese Wang Zongyuan was the best in the field with 531.30 points.
Before the unsuccessful preliminary battle on Monday, the flag bearer Hausding and Lars Rüdiger were able to celebrate the bronze medal in synchronized jumping from the three-meter board in Tokyo. There are a total of three Olympic medals on his balance sheet. For the Berliner, these summer games were the fourth and last. It is unclear whether he will still take part in the World Cup next year.
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