USEDOM (GER): German middle distance runner Rene Bauschingerhas suffered a severe setback in his preparation towards the European championships after having surgery to his lung last week. Bauschinger is the 2003 European junior champion and felt pain in his lung after training. Doctors diagnosed a hole in his right lung and operated right away. He will have to take rest for another six weeks.
BERLIN (GER): European marathon champion Ulrike Maisch is not yet fully recovered from a series of injuries that kept her away from last year‘s World Championships but still has her eyes set on the European championships in Barcelona. If she recovers in time she might still be able to make the German marathon team. However, Germany‘s marathon team is struggling with Sabrina Mockenhaupt and Irina Mikitenko aiming at running on the track and with Susanne Hahn pregnant.
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