Britta steffen was the main cause for disappointment in the german camp. The double olympic champion from beijing was eliminated in the 100-meter freestyle in twelfth place in the semifinals. "Maybe my time is just over as far as the 100 meters is concerned," steffen said with a laugh. "It’s not so hard to accept. Even if I can’t be there, I’m happy to be watching."The 2009 world champion was considered the german pool swimmers’ last hope for an individual medal in london.
German hopes now rest above all on the cyclists again, who start the track events with the team sprint. Men and women are among the top favorites to do so. Miriam welte and kristina vogel are world champions and hold the world record, rene enders, maximilian levy and stefan nimke in his last games speculate on gold.
As 2009 world kayak champion, jasmin schornberg also knows how to win. In the qualification, the 26-year-old slalom canoeist only clocked the eighth-fastest time of 15 semifinalists. This makes her at best a secret favorite for a medal.
After two silver medals in two days, the judokas also want to make a splash on thursday when heide wollert and dimitri peters compete in their weight classes. Dimitrij ovtcharov enters the table tennis semifinals against world champion zhang jike from china as the heavy favorite. In the event of a defeat, however, bronze would still be possible in the small final.