Thursday 21 November 2019

German Olympic champion Robert Harting forced to sleep at train station

Robert Harting. Photo: PA
Robert Harting. Photo: PA

NEWLY crowned Olympic discus champion Robert Harting had his accreditation stolen and spent Tuesday night in a train station after being denied access to the athlete’s village.

“Puuh I just got robbed while I did some work to please athletic fans! I lost my accreditation for Olympic village!- no entrance,” the German, who amused the Olympic stadium with his gold celebration jumping hurdles around the track shirtless, tweeted.

He told German newspaper Bild, that a thief stole all his gear while he was celebrating the gold medal with friends on the cruise ship MS Deutschland, anchored on the Thames during the Olympics.

As a result the newly-crowned winner had to find alternative accommodation and spent the night at an un-named train station.

Luckily Harting does not have to worry about being granted access to his own victory ceremony later this evening, as Locog has provided him with a new accreditation.

Harting came in to Tuesday’s competition as odds-on favourite, winning Germany’s first athletics gold in twelve years with his throw of 68.27 metres.

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