June 3, 2012 — Anglo-European College of Chiropractic (AECC) student, Sven Knipphals, is currently on track to qualify for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The German athlete, who has been studying at AECC since 2007, has just begun his grueling qualifying journey to compete in the 100- and 200-meter sprints at this year’s games. He will compete every weekend for five weeks with hopes of qualifying, firstly for the European Championships in Helsinki, and then for the Olympics in London.
To qualify, the 26-year-old must complete the 100-meter sprint in just 10.16 seconds — this would put him amongst the top 10 all-time fastest sprinters in Germany. Having recently improved his time by half a second, he is now only 7/100 of a second away from the qualifying time. He must also meet a time of 20.45 seconds for the 200 meters.
Sven, who has taken time off studying to become a chiropractor to concentrate on his sport, has been training professionally with his coach, Werner Morawietz to ensure he is in top condition.
“I love combining athletics with chiropractic studies. I really believe it’s giving me a bit of an advantage to qualify for the Olympics. Understanding the body and its mechanics and correcting weaknesses are key to better performance and that fits in very well with my course.”
“I am very confident that I will qualify even though the times are extremely fast. On the right day with the right conditions I will do it!”
Sven will know if he’s qualified for the Olympics at the beginning of July. The German Championships are being held June 16-17.
Source: Anglo-European College of Chiropractic, aecc.ac.uk