This is not enough for Timo Pol to win a second individual bronze medal at the World Cup. The 40-year-old, who suffered badly from a painful abdominal muscle injury, was defeated by 19-year-old Swedish trolls Morecord 3: 4 (11: 8, 11: 8, 6 🙂 in Houston on Sunday evening (local time). 11, 8:11, 12:10, 8:11, 5:11) and in the meantime missed a solid entry into the final.
“It hurts, but in the end I have to admit it: it can’t be too much,” he said after the semifinals in the United States. “I am just happy to be back at the World Cup. At almost 41 years old you can no longer expect it.
Since the start of this week’s World Cup, record-breaking European champions Borussia Dசsseldorf have been battling abdominal muscle problems. Initially this match did not affect him. Before the quarterfinals against 19-year-old American Kanak Zhao on Saturday, the pain turned out to be huge.
“The adrenaline helped me ease the pain a little bit,” he said of the fight with Morecord. “When you’ve reached the semifinals of a World Cup, you do it, give it your all and see where the body parts are.”
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Against Möregardh, despite the pain, he went down well and took a 2-0 lead. After the draw, he also won the set 3: 2. “If you notice your enemy getting nervous, you have to grab it somehow and close the bag. It hurts when you do not do it, and you notice your enemy finding good solutions, ”he said.
Third place will not be played separately and the two losers in the semi-finals will both win bronze medals. So far, he had achieved this just like at the World Cup in Rotterdam ten years ago. He has topped the world rankings four times, won eight European Championship titles and has already won six World Cup medals with the German team. (dpa)