The European U23 Championships in Erfurt are takong place within a great scope. The Steigerwaldstadion turned to an stadium
of a pictue book", said Siegfried Schonert (Event Manager DLV) at a DLV press- conference. At the technical acceptance procedure
best notes were given.
Dr. Joachim Casparius was responsible for the 1,5 million Euro renovation. He also coordinated the cooperation between the
German Athletics Federation and the Thuringian Athletics Federation. "We fulfilled the schedule", he told.
Especially he pointed out the quality of the new track. " We used a method to have everywhere a equal pressure. "I feel confident,
that this track will be a one for great performances."
So there are best conditions for the further continetial competitions. Jürgen Reinholz, minister for thuringian economie,
technologie and work, looks forward to the atheltics event in Erfurt. "This championships has a big importance for the country
of Thuringia. Even winter sports is dominating, such events demonstrate that athletics also has a local value.
Siegfried Schonert told, that the announcing lists will be available on Tuesday the 5th of July. Luxemburg is the only nation
who cancelled the start. The middle distance runner David Fiegen, the only participant for his country got injured.
Altogether 45 nations with about 1000 athletes, participating in 44 disciplines will be placed in twelve hotels. Star of the
championships could be the heptathlete Carolina Klüft (Sweden). She will defend her title in Long Jump. Decathlon may be the
highlight. 34 athletes announced.
Siegfried Schonert aspects 2000 spectators on the days of qualification Thursday and Friday. At the weekend, where the most
decisions take place, he aspects more interested people.
Local hero Stephan Eberhardt
Athletes from Erfurt should be local heroes. Stefan Eberhardt participates in 1500 meters. His coach Dieter Hermann is impressed
of the tall man. "He is very talented. In contrast to Nils Schumann he is not that fast. His strengt his the endurance. In view of
the European U23 Championships he warns of high expectations. "I won`t put the bite on him. Other nations have also strong athletes."
The coach recognizes a springboard in these championships. "European Championships U23 always generated top- athletes. Last but
not least Nils Schumann was Europan Champion under 23 one year later he became Olympic Champion in Sydney." (pm/fc)