As German discus star Nadine Muller enters the prime of her career at the age of 28, she has decided to modify her training programme in order to perform better at the main events, with this summer’s European Athletics Championships in Zurich from 12-17 August as her primary objective.
Muller has often done well in the early part of the season, having won the European Cup Winter Throwing in 2007 and 2010.
However she tended to fall just short when it mattered most, with her best results being silver at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki and another silver at the 2011 IAAF World Championships in Daegu in 2011, to which you must add several finishes just outside the podium.
But this year she has decided to keep training throughout the winter in Pretoria, South Africa, and will stay in Alburfeira, Portugal, during spring in order to be at her absolute best come August.
“In South Africa I completed a lot of power units, but in Portugal my throw count will start increasing,” she said.
German discus compatriot Robert Harting has enjoyed a lot of success at major championships over the past few years, and Muller has decided to base herself off of his training programme.
“I will start competing in Eugene, and will have a few meetings before the European Championships, and hope to be at the peak when I reach Zurich,” she continued.
Her goal is to prevent the current world and Olympic champion, Croatia's Sandra Perkovic, from winning the European title for the third time in a row after Barcelona 2010 and Helsinki 2012.
This will certainly not be an easy task as Perkovic cleared the 70-metre barrier last month with 70.51, the first time any women has achieved such a result in the past 22 years.
“We know that if Sandra is on a good day she will be hard to stop, but if I can beat my personal record (67.78m) I might have a chance.”