After a fall: Olympic silver medalist Dauser only fourth on parallel bars

Only sheet metal for the “Silver Boy”: The Olympic silver medalist Lukas Dauser falls on the parallel bars at the German Championships in Berlin and only finishes fourth.

The defeated “Silver Boy” Lukas Dauser congratulated the new master Philipp Herder (Berlin) before his exercise was even graded. Because after a shaky freestyle on the parallel bars with a fall on the dismount, the Olympic silver medalist from Tokyo from Unterhaching remained without a medal at the German Championships in Berlin and later only finished fourth on the horizontal bar.

Nevertheless, Dauser was not dissatisfied. “I really wanted to show my full practice, even if a few grains were missing. This final was not my target competition, in seven weeks at the European Championships in Munich I want to be perfectly fit,” said the 29-year-old after his performance.

Even when he won the all-around, the sports soldier’s exercise on his favorite piece of equipment was almost flawless. It was very similar for Sarah Voss, who easily mastered the balance beam in her all-around triumph, but could not avoid falling off the “shaking beam” in the final.

Pauline Schäfer is in a class of her own on the balance beam

Meanwhile, Pauline Schäfer-Betz presented herself in excellent condition. The 2017 balance beam world champion was in a class of her own on “her” apparatus at national level, beating her rivals by more than a point. The shepherd somersault created by the Chemnitz resident also contributed to this immense lead, which she managed almost perfectly.

“I am very relieved about this victory, but there is still potential for improvement,” said the 25-year-old on the “ZDF” microphone. Nick Klessing from Halle became champion in vaulting for the first time. Kim Bui from Stuttgart won on floor, Carlo Hörr (Schmiden) defended his title on high bar.

Elisabeth Seitz was no longer on the podium on Sunday. The German record champion is currently only on the road as a “part-time gymnast” and according to current plans will not compete in all-around competitions in the post-Olympic season.

“If I want to go a little further, I have to listen to my body,” said the 28-year-old, who has been involved at the highest international level for 13 years now. In Berlin, “half an exercise” – according to the Stuttgart resident – on the uneven bars was only enough for second place, on the vaulting table there was only one better training jump from the athletes who have won 23 national titles.

One thing is clear: Even as a part-time employee, the new head coach Gerben Wiersma cannot do without the 2018 World Cup bronze medalist, nor the now 33-year-old Kim Bui (also from Stuttgart). “I find the combination of experienced and young athletes very promising,” said the Dutchman, who replaced long-time team boss Ulla Koch at the beginning of the year.

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