Europe’s diving king Hausding ends his career | free press


No tears, no faint voice. “No, it’s not a difficult walk,” says Patrick Houseding. The main water jump of the German Swimming Federation (DSV) has been discontinued.

At the age of 33 he announced his retirement from active sports on the sidelines of the German Championships in Berlin. “It’s starting to happen,” Houseding said. “I’ve been thinking for a long time that it was time to say goodbye to competitive sports.”

Ends with “distinguish”

The athlete from FC Berlin said: “I am happy with the way my career has gone and how I can finish it. There is nothing better than ending your career with a light.” Last year, he won a bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics. He also led the German team to the Olympic Stadium as the flag bearer.

For Hausding, this closed a circuit that had begun at the 2008 Beijing Olympics: “In Beijing, at the age of nineteen and an Olympic silver medalist, the door opened for me. At the time, I didn’t think it would become so commonplace to win Olympic medals.” A silver medal and two Olympic bronzes are among Hausding’s career highlights, as is the world title with Sascha Klein in the synchronized jump in 2013. Looking at 15 other European Championships, he “cannot properly prioritize” the high-profile events.

The guarantor of the medal will be missing

For national coach Lutz Buchko, who had to deal with the resignation of Martin Wolfram from Dresden the day before, there is now a “big gap” after the decision previously agreed with the athletes: “Water jumping has always been a guarantee of medals – mainly Patrick Houseding.”

The 64-year-old medal collector not only sees Hausding as a role model, but also appreciates the lead jumper and draws parallel to the biathlon: “As with the biathletes after Magdalena Neuner resigned, the wound ruptured in Ola. We have to go back there now to find way. I am optimistic that we will succeed.”

New beacons of hope

Even if Hausding and Wolfram’s resignations leave “big footprints,” the demands remain high. Lars Rüdiger and Jaden Eikermann are the new hopes of men, while Tina Punzel and Lena Hentschel are the hopes of women. “We want to fight for medals again in Paris 2024 and Los Angeles 2028,” said Pushkov, who has been at the forefront of the five Olympic Games since Athens 2000. “We have always won medals in four matches, and in London 2012 there were many fourths. In Europe we are among the leading countries. We want to continue to fulfill that claim,” said Boschko.

Buschkow hopes it helps Hausding in some way. After 25 years of competitive sports, the retired athlete would like to complete his taught degree in Sports and English and start earning a master’s degree in the fall, which will be followed by his legal training.

Houseding had already ruled out being a coach before the games in Tokyo, but no one should “say never,” as he has now said. But since Wolfram has already announced that he will complete the coach course, Boschko has spoken of his fifties and hopes for more: “They have so much chlorine smell in their noses that withdrawal symptoms develop quickly. I’m hopeful that Patty is reserved for us.” (dpa)

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