December 4, 2012Gymnast Philipp Boy announced his retirement at a press conference during the “DTB-Pokal” competition.
On Saturday (01.12.2012) the double vice world champion from Cottbus declared that he is going to put an end to his sports career. As one of the main reasons the 25 year old mentioned the serious fall of the high bar that he suffered exactly one year ago in Stuttgart.
„Too many things stayed on my mind, I had problems especially on high bar, my strongest apparatus. I just can’t continue until the Games in Rio, knowing that I don’t have any chances of reaching the first ranks. I am not the type for this, explains Boy, who found it difficult to announce his decision.
Head coach Andreas Hirsch regrets Philipp’s decision, accepts however fully the decision of one of his most important gymnasts. “I would like to thank him for what he has done for gymnastics and the DTB”, says Hirsch.
DTB President Rainer Brechtken as well as the sports director Wolfgang Willam approve the words of the head coach and refer to the sportive achievements of the gymnast from Cottbus. “It is a pity but we must respect this decision, because gymnastics does represent important risks, affirms the President.
Philipp Boy succeeded in winning, twice in a row, the title of vice world champion in the all-round competition (2010 and 2011). In spring 2011, at the home ECh in Berlin, he furthermore garnered the title of European all-round Champion. In the interview he admitted that this was one of the greatest moments of his career.
At the end the European Team Champion 2010 suffered from numerous injuries at the ankle, the back, the collarbone and the wrist.
Source: DTB website
Photo: V. Minkus/UEG