And this year there are many top-class competitions on the agenda. Among them are the European Championships in Munich. The renewed home European Championships on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Olympiapark has a very special significance. Röhler has been the reigning European champion since the first edition of the European Championships in 2018 due to the cancellation of the 2020 European Championships. The multi-sport event was split between Glasgow and Berlin at the time. Since the home victory, he often hears the same question: "I was often asked the question 'Olympic victory or European Championships 2018?' and I always had to think about it. And that shows that the event was so special."
The Olympics reign supreme, he says, "but emotionally I have to say 2018 got to me." The jump into the water pit shows that ecstasy. Röhler says the 2018 European Championships were like an adaptation of a movie script. Five javelin throwers had what it took to win, but ultimately it was, the formerly too-slim field athlete, who was crowned European champion.
"That home crowd feeling, that's special, that stays. It's the same at home meets. It's always something special to compete in the national jersey. All athletes would probably agree with that." Four years later, the European Championships return, this time united in Munich and with nine European Championships on the programme.