Shot putter Asmir Kolasinac has already started the second stage of his preparations for the upcoming indoor season which will culminate on home soil at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade from 3-5 March.
While some of the leading Serbian athletes are jetting off for warm weather training this winter, Kolasinac has opted to stay at home and make the most of the facilities at Belgrade’s Athletics Indoor Center at Banjica as part of his bid for a third medal at this championships.
In the run-up to the event which will be held in the capital city’s Kombank Arena, Kolasinac took centre stage at the first pre-event media day where the assorted press also had the chance to test their skills in the shot put circle.
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He also became the first athlete to plant a liriodendron tulipifera - a tulip tree that can grow even up to 40 metres high - in the “Champions’ lane”. Besides Kolasinac, each athlete that won any significant medal from a major competition will have the chance to plant their own tree in this lane.
“I have about three months' of preparations before the championships which I think is quite enough to reach the maximum form,” said Kolasinac, who claimed the title in 2013 and a silver medal behind David Storl in Prague two years ago.
He looks set to renew his rivalry with Storl next winter as the German is also planning an indoor season and Kolasinac is focusing on making sure he reaches his very best form at the right time.
“I must not repeat the same mistake like last year when I miscalculated the peak of my form. I am focusing everything on March and I will need 21 meters in the shot to win a medal.”
Tickets for the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade’s Kombank Arena from 3-5 March 2017 are already on sale and you can order yours at http://www.belgrade2017.org/en/tickets.