Torun (AP) - Shot put ace Christina Schwanitz praised the hygiene and safety concept at the European Indoor Championships in Torun, Poland.

«Everything is great.

It may only be safer in the clinic, ”said the 35-year-old Chemnitz woman after winning the bronze medal with 19.04 meters.

"Under the circumstances of Corona it was pleasant to move around here," said Schwanitz.

Around 730 athletes will be at the start in the Torun arena until Sunday, including 48 German participants.

The obligation to live in isolation in a so-called bubble is not in the long run for the 2015 outdoor world champion and 2013 indoor European champion. "You can focus almost too much because we haven't left the hotel," said Schwanitz, who completed a training camp a week and a half before the European Indoor Championships.

"You are only concerned with yourself. You get a titmouse if you are only in the hotel room."


Nevertheless, she was happy to have returned to the top of European athletics after a long break due to a severe herniated disc.

"It was a blatant journey at my tender age of 35 and it wasn't a matter of course to get such an achievement," said the mother of twins.

The fact that she went into the medal fight with a tape bandage on her shoulder was due to her preparation "with 110 percent training and competition zeal".

«I'm not 18 anymore.

You need help from a plaster, ”said Schwanitz after the“ wonderful end of the indoor season ”.

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