Self-coached Kozmus and Philips go for gold


Hammer thrower Kozmus and long jumper Philips resumed training having one goal in mind: Moscow 2013 gold medal.

At his special press-conference Beijing gold medallist and London silver medallist in the hammer throw Primoz Kozmus announced that his main goal for the next season would be to return to 80 m throws and to succeed at the Moscow 2013 IAAF World Championships. The athlete also confirmed that he would continue competing until Rio. Kozmus’ SB in 2012 was 79.36. It was the first time within the last six years, when the Hungarian couldn’t achieve the 80 m mark, but it didn’t prevent him from winning the Olympic medal. In Moscow Kozmus wants the gold. Primoz had to wrap up his season early due to a minor injury, but the rehab is finally over and Kozmus started training. He emphasized that he remained self-coached. He recently parted with Marjan Ogorevc, who couldn’t properly work on Kozmus’ technical flaws. But the Hungarian is assisted by Primoz Cetrtic and ex-decathlete Rok Derzanic, who will be responsible for physical fitness. It is interesting that Kozmus is older than his assistant coaches.

35-year-old American long jumper Dwight Phillips resumed training. Athens Olympic champion and four times world champion missed last season due to an injury. In 2013 Phillips intends to add the fifth world title to his collection. The American will skip the indoor season, as always. Within the last eight years he competed at the indoor facility only twice. Phillips is now self-coached as his previous coach Rana Reider, the best USA track and field coach of 2011, is moving to Great Britain. Philips’ PB equals 8.74 and he is the effective world champion, in Daegu Philips won with the 8.45 leap.

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