Diving – Punzel stops – sport

European water jump champion Tina Punzel ended her successful career at the age of 27. Instead of putting everything back into sport with a view to the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris, she wants to continue her studies, Punzel said: “I have to make a decision now: all or not at all.” Once again she would have to subordinate everything to competitive sport and realized “that I’m no longer willing to do that.” In 2021, Punzel took a six-month break after the Olympic Games in Tokyo, where she won bronze in the 3 m synchronized jumping with Lena Hentschel. From then on she devoted herself to her studies in economics. Even then, the end of her career was an option for her, which she then rejected. “I wanted to enjoy the post-Olympic season with the medal in my pocket again, without much pressure,” she was quoted as saying by the DSV swimming association. This was achieved with two gold medals last summer at the European Championships in Rome. Punzel had her breakthrough as a 17-year-old with her first European title in 2013 in Rostock, and she won gold at six continental championships. In 2016 and 2021 she took part in the Olympics. The DSV loses another strong force in the diving. Record European champion Patrick Hausding ended his career last year.

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