Back in step. A gusty wind already threw the top international field of racers into confusion during the 200m qualification and the death of the favorites already began in the heats. With the 8th place in 10.17 seconds Robert had also not the most favorable condition for the sprint tournament. But he finally managed to improve to 6th place during the tournament. “The result was already much better than the previous week and I had a good feeling” was Robert’s comment on the sprint.
With the team sprint on Sunday the RSC Cottbus delivered a super performance. In the qualification Robert (1), Erik Balzer (2) and Eric Engler (3) missed the run for gold and silver only by 7/1000 seconds behind the German Olympic team (Enders, Niederlag and Eilers). In the final, the three Cottbusers even drove well under one minute on the open concrete track and were thus able to secure bronze. At the same time they were just 1/10 of a second behind the German Olympic team (1st) and the reigning world champions from New Zealand (2nd).
“For me personally, that was a personal best on this track at position 1. Compared to late summer 2015, I improved by half a second, which makes my coach Eyk Pokorny and me especially happy after only 7 weeks of training.”
Robert used the Keirin competition as another training opportunity under competition conditions. Here, as in the previous week, it went out after the hope run.
“Resting is not, it’s continuing as planned with building form towards the highlights in August.”