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Road to Rio: Looking ahead to 2.4 mR in 2016 for Germany

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While the 2016 Summer Paralympics are still a year off, Germany has already qualified a boat for the Games in this event.  Looking ahead towards possible team selection, Heikko Kroeger should be the obvious choice after his 2014 World Championship finish.  He is the 2000 Summer Paralympics Games gold medalist. Kroeger most recently competed at the ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyeres in April.

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Germany has some depth in this class, with three sailors currently internationally ranked. Heiko Kroeger is ranked ninth, down one from March 2015. Lasse Klötzing is twelfth, down one from March 2015. Soren Werner is ranked forty-eighth. Kroeger is the obvious choice at the moment given his experience and recent performances.

 

What events these sailors have been competing at in the past three months can be difficult to track. Garda and Trentino Olympic Week, which took place earlier this month and had a 2.4 meter event, has no ISAF results published on their website. German sailors missed competing at the Trofeo Sar Princess Sofia, which took place in Palma de Majorca in late March and early April of this year. Oceanbridge Sail Auckland Regatta in New Zealand in March had this class on their program, but only New Zealand competitors took part.

 

The country has been active in competing in the 2014 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2014 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, 2013 IFDS Combined World Championships, 2013 Delta Lloyd Regatta, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Palma, 2013 ISAF Sailing World Cup Hyères, and Garda Trentino Olympic Week 2014. They have also been active in the sonar class, but that boat did not qualify yet.

 

The country won a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Paralympics in this event.

 

Hosts Brazil automatically qualified for the 2016 Summer Paralympics by virtue of being hosts. At last year’s World Championships in Halifax, Canada, several countries qualified 2.4 mR boats with the final decision as to who would be on those boats up to the NPC. Countries that earned qualifying berths included Germany, Great Britain, France, Australia, United States, Canada, Norway, and Finland.

Laura Hale
About Laura Hale (2533 Articles)
<p>Laura Hale is a sport journalist, specializing in Paralympic and disability sport news. Prior to helping found ParaSport-News, she spent two and a half years working as a journalist on Wikinews, a citizen journalism site. As a journalist, she has covered the 2012 Summer Paralympics in London, the 2013 IPC Alpine Skiing World Championships in La Molina, the 2014 Winter Paralympics in Sochi, and a number of other sporting events. She has additional experience with Paralympic sport having worked as a Wikipedian in Residence for the Australian and Spanish Paralympic Committees.</p>

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