Tokyo Olympics 2020: The Defending men’s champion in Javelin’s throw has been ruled out due to a back injury. On Monday he confirmed that he got injured during a training exercise.
Roehler is the current European Champion. He also secured the gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics by a winning throw of 90.30 m.
The 29-year old German athlete was in magnificent form. It is surely a shock to everyone
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It was incredibly difficult for me to turn down Tokyo. Together with my coach, I have weighed things up carefully, but in the end, my health has priority.Thomas Roehler
I have to listen to my body now because I want to compete at the top level for a few more years. By participating at the Olympics, I would be risking too much, because of the back injury,He added
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to start on July 23 to August 8 after being postponed to one year due to the Covid 19 pandemic.
Thomas Roehler would have been a serious hope for Germany to win a gold at the javelin throw tournament. However, Germany still has Johannes Vetter, the 2017 World Champion as another extremely strong contender.