Weakened due to lack of iron
Ulm – the german athletics championships in ulm were held in a worthy setting. With almost 15,000 spectators, the danube stadium was almost sold out, and the athletes thanked the spectators with good performances. TSV hochstadt was represented with only a small contingent, marco kurzdorfer (800 m) and konstantin wedel (3000 m obstacle). Martin grau decided not to start because he was about to leave for the U23 european championships.
For marco kurzdorfer the 800m final seemed far away this year, he only just qualified for the national championships after a known lack of iron. And also the start list of 21 runners in three heats gave little reason for hope. Already in the first two races the favorites pushed the pace and shone with times well under 1:50 min. And in kurzdorfer’s group of all people the favorites didn’t really want to go at a high speed.
The still insecure adelsdorfer nevertheless did not take the lead, but played it safe. In the end he caught two opponents and finished fifth with a personal best of 1:51.21 min. Fifth in his race. With this time he had qualified for the final in 2012, this year it was "only" enough to place 16 among 21 starters. Although kurzdorfer himself thought that "there was still more in it" coach markus monius was very satisfied: "marco can now approach the two bavarian championships in the next few weeks with a lot of self-confidence"."
Konstantin wedel went to the start in ulm with the uncertainty of constantly declining performance in the last races. As with kurzdorfer, an iron deficiency was diagnosed a few days before the competition. A total of 13 participants lined up at the starting line over the 3000-meter obstacle. The temperature on the track was over 30 degrees, and the strong easterly wind did not make it easy for the runners. On the first two kilometers, the man from boxdorf was still able to keep up well, but then, as in the previous races, he collapsed.
But also the rest of the runners had to fight with the conditions, and so the final time of 9:15,93 min fell. Not so much weight. 8th place is a respectable result, considering that some strong runners finished behind wedel or even dropped out of the race. Together with trainer markus monius, however, the decision was made after the race to let the season come to an end in this way. Only one more appearance at the german relay championships at the end of july is planned.