Storl homes in on a place at the top

Storl homes in on a place at the top
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David Storl will defend his shot put title at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade from 3-5 March.

The ambition and drive remains for David Storl and there are many reasons why he cannot wait for the start of the new year.

And one date which definitely stands out is on the weekend of 18-19 February when the German Indoor Championships take place in Leipzig – his home city.

There will be no need to pack a suitcase, find a passport or wave goodbye to the family.

Infact, it will be a just a day at the office, shutting the front door and hoping to return a few hours later with another title to his name.

“I am particularly pleased that the German Indoor Championships are at home,” said shot put star Storl, speaking to leichtathletik.de. “I can almost go to the competition with my bike and not have to worry about travel and somewhere to stay.”

At 26, Storl will be chasing a seventh major gold medal this winter with the defence of his crown at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Belgrade.

After winning silver in Paris in 2011, he triumphed with a fine performance in Prague last year when he won with 21.23m and then this summer, with 21.31m, he took the European title in Amsterdam for the third time in a row.

But finishing seventh at the Olympic Games in Rio, in an outdoor campaign where his best distance was 21.39m (in London), his lowest for a season since he became a senior six years ago, was not quite part of the plan.

Now back in training, he is fuelled by the desire to go longer and is determined to be in the mix to regain the world title - and win it for a third time - in London in August.

Storl said: “I am not a friend of always being sceptical about good performances. With a targeted structure, some things are possible.

“I want to be on top again. My goal is to find new strength in 2017 and deliver consistently good performances.”