The anticipation is great – After the past season where the German Federal Weightlifting League could only run in a slimmed-down version due to the developments of the Corona pandemic, the upcoming new season is to take place under “normal” conditions again. Even though the halls may not yet be used to full capacity, for the most part, spectators are finally allowed again, subject to compliance with hygiene concepts such as the 3-G rule. “The anticipation among the athletes is great, especially because they can present themselves again in front of spectators and also have to deliver in front of relatives, friends and acquaintances,” says the club chairman of KG Görlitz-Zittau (2nd Bundesliga) Thomas Faselt.
While last season the 1st KSV Durlach and the Chemnitzer Athletenclub had withdrawn from the first Bundesliga, these two clubs are now back in the game. The first opponent of KSV Durlach is SV Germania Obrigheim on Saturday. Manuel Noe, team manager at Obrigheim, can’t wait for things to get going again. “I hope that a halfway normal season can take place again and we can go through all the competitions. Last season, we had two competitions as well as the final. Three competitions in total were not really worthy of the national league. I’m cautiously optimistic that everything will work out, yet there’s a fear that something could still happen in the fall and winter.”
In Karlsruhe at KSV Durlach, Noe is also not expecting a sure-fire success. Durlach is always good for a surprise and a serious contender if the hosts should appear in full team strength as well as with two foreign lifters. “Not everyone is in good shape at the beginning of the season. For example, Olympian Nico Müller is still slowly getting back into training and the two lifters Mohammed Hoblos and Ritvars Suharevs are still injured. It can be an exciting competition.”
But there is no lack of motivation. Both team manager Noe and the male and female athletes are highly motivated for the start of the national league.
And what Noe’s goal is for this year’s National League season is clear. “I want to get to the final and then I’d like to host it. Even if that would be more like the icing on the cake.”
Mutterstadt welcomes Schwedt
The AC Mutterstadt expects a heavy hunk on Saturday for the Bundesliga opener. The AC welcomes TSV Schwedt for the first competition day. “I definitely see Schwedt in the role of favorites. They have a freshly baked U23 European champion with Jon Luke Mau in their team and otherwise also a good fund,” says sporting director of AC Mutterstadt Stefan Mohr. The partner club of the weightlifting store from Mutterstadt, however, will not be able to rely on all of its athletes at their home competition on Saturday. Daniel Siegel and Karl Schiffer are out due to injury. However, Mohr can count on newcomer Carolin Wüst and the two “oldies” Max Lang and Nina Schroth. “We had to cope with a big loss of substance in the past two years because some strong lifters left, that could not be adequately replaced so far. Nevertheless, we want to present ourselves well in front of our audience, of course.”
Weightlifting Shop athlete Max Lang is one of the leaders at AC Mutterstadt.
Thus, the club does not approach this season with, particularly great ambitions. They will have nothing to do with possible participation in the final this time. Nevertheless, the team is highly motivated for the upcoming Bundesliga season. “The supporting program and the great atmosphere in the hall at the national league competitions are simply fun for the athletes and may even let them strive for one or two kilos more. AC Mutterstadt as a club lives from the fact that spectators come and watch the competition because this makes the competition atmosphere and pushes the lifters.
The anticipation for the upcoming season is there, even if the ambitions may not be the greatest. the greatest. “We have to try to get points against the teams we are on par with. The big four – Speyer, Schwedt, Obrigheim, and Samswegen – are simply a step ahead of us this season.”
The AV Speyer around the two Olympians Simon Brandhuber and Lisa Marie Schweizer welcomes TB Roding on their first day of competition on Saturday and the SSV Samswegen has to prove against the Chemnitzer Athletenclub.
20 teams in league two
While the first Bundesliga is organized in only one group of eight teams, the 2nd Bundesliga consists of three groups. Seven teams will meet in each of Group A and C, and six in Group B. For the team of KG Görlitz-Zittau, who are competing in Group C, it is the first Bundesliga competition in a long time. “We did not participate last season because Saxony was a high-risk area and athletes could not train. Since February, however, this has fortunately been possible again,” says club chairman Faselt. However, the first day of competition for the club from Saxony is not next weekend, but in mid-November. Due to the FlorCross Games in Görlitz, the competition against the Riesa Athletic Club will not take place until November 20.
Faselt expects to be more present again from the national league competitions and also to give the athletes in his own ranks a motivational boost again. The KG Görlitz-Zittau team will have to do without Josef Kolar in the coming season, who has moved to Chemnitz in the first league. Instead, the KG now has his brother, Jan Kolar, in its ranks.
In Group C, the Riesaer Athletikclub and SV Empor Berlin, the Berliner Turn- und Sportclub and SG Fortschritt Eibau as well as the Athletikclub Meißen and the Athletik-Club Potsdam will meet on Saturday.
Annalena Becker makes her debit in the second league
In Group B, meanwhile, only one competition will take place on Saturday – the 1st Athletes Club Weiden meets TB Roding II. Among them is Weiden newcomer Annalena Becker. The 25-year-old had moved from AC Bayreuth to Weiden and now celebrates her debut on Saturday in the 2nd Bundesliga. Nevertheless, the athlete, who lifts in the weight class up to 59kg, already brings some experience. With AC Bayreuth she participated in the Franconian league in the past years and she is also not lacking in individual competitions. In addition to the Franconian and Bavarian Championships, she has already participated in the German Championship in 2018 and 2019.
The 25-year-old now expects exciting and successful competitions from the second national league, which will finally take place in front of an audience again. “I would like to achieve the necessary relative points that will help my team. I would be very happy about 80 points or more. A small dream would be a PR in the snatch of 60kg.” And to achieve that goal, Becker is working diligently on her technique and strength. “I love the complexity of the exercises and how hard you have to work to achieve new bests.”
In Group B, her team from 1st AC Weiden will compete against TSV Waldkirchen, SV Gräfenroda, Athletenteam Vogtland and Athleten-Club Suhl in the upcoming competition days. Group A kicks off the season in the second league on Saturday with three competitions. KSV Grünstadt is the guest of Athletik Club Weinheim and Kraft-Sport-Club Schifferstadt welcomes TSV Heinsheim. In Leimen, AC Germania St. Ilgen and Athletenschmiede Kiel will compete against each other. Weightlifting Shop is the new partner of the Athletenschmiede Kiel since this season. Group A is completed by Sportclub Pforzheim.