Current World Champion in the Women K1 500 discipline, Nicole Reinhardt, will sadly become the first and sonorous absence at the Olympic Games to celebrate in London. Yesterday, German canoe Federation confirmed that, in agreement with the paddler, Reinhardt will not represent Germany at the European Championships in Zagreb nor London Games, as her shoulder injury does not seem to be recovered in time.
Having suffered from fevers and infections through the whole winter, which already made her not to paddle the first national trials, a few weeks ago he also suffered a serious shoulder injury. Despite an intensive treatment to be able to paddle at World Cup 2 in Duisburg, which worked too as last national German trials, finally she couldn’t compete. She was even paddling at Duisburg’s venue for the warm up before the K1 500 heats, but the pain made her refuse and try not to make her shoulder worst by paddlling the race.
It was then speculated that the German Federation would allow her to have a last chance at the Europeans in Zagreb, but yesterday it was confirmed that her injury is not fully recovered, making her not able to paddle for the olympic qualification.
With this situation, the German in best position to take the spot at the K1 500 is Silke Hörmann, who got through the A final in Duisburg, despite she got 9th position in it. What it’s for sure is that London Olympics are missing one of the main favourites for the medals.