The 2019 finals: sports, sports, sports and a little more sport
Ten German championships in a city on a weekend. Through an experiment by ARD and ZDF small sports should be bigger. The preview of the finals
What should the finals be?
Have you ever followed the German championships in archery? Just. Many sports only grow every four years, for the Olympics. Otherwise, sometimes only friends and family come to national title fights. This is due to the 2019 finals. The idea is simple: ten German championships in one place (Berlin) and one weekend (3rd / 4th of August). By bundling, especially the smaller sports get the chance to be drawn by the attention that surrounds the big ones. And they need it too. There is great concern about sporting diversity in the face of the overwhelming dominance of football.
Has there ever been such a thing in Germany?
No. The concept ARD and ZDF have been conceived. TV stations are becoming a kind of sports organizer, that too is new. The finals are therefore above all a great TV experiment. The two stations broadcast a total of 19 hours, to run on up to eight channels for 40 hours livestreams. Incidentally, if you look at everything, you have automatically qualified for the German Championships in Sport-Bingen.
Does something like that work?
Yes, at least in the winter. The concept has been adopted by the public lawyers from winter sports. There, biathletes, ski jumpers, tobogganists and others have been talking their schedules for some time to allow the broadcasters a smooth, ongoing live broadcast that has already given German TV viewers many heartwarming winter days. At the European Games last year, the concept was first broadcast to summer sports events. Everyone was satisfied.
Which sports are included?
Track Cycling, Archery, Boxing, Canoeing, Athletics, Modern Pentathlon, Swimming, Trial, Triathlon and Gymnastics. More than 3,300 athletes compete for 202 titles in 155 disciplines.
Who are the stars?
The best known are the German athletes. The high jumper Mateusz Przybylko, the javelin thrower Christin Hussong and the javelin thrower Thomas Röhler became European champions last year, by the way, in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, where they also compete this time. Also Gina Lückenkemper, one of the fastest sprinters in Europe and something like the face of German athletics, will be at the start.
The German gymnastics stars are Elisabeth Seitz and Marcel Nguyen. Also the four-time Track World Champion Maximilian Levy will be there. Friends of the Modern Pentathlon can look forward to multiple world champions Alexander Nobis and Annika Schleu. The swimmer Marcel Koch has been 32 times German champion and still feels like it. You can admire an Olympic silver medalist in archery, Lisa Unruh. The triathlete Patrick Lange has twice won the Ironman in Hawaii, the canoeist Sebastian Brendel is three-time Olympic champion and the fresh swimming world champion Sarah Köhler and Florian Wellbrock will be in Berlin.