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Injury forces Olympic champ Brink to call time

Julius Brink (right) can look back on a glittering career alongside Jonas Reckermann
Lausanne, Switzerland, May 30, 2014 – London 2012 Olympic champion Julius Brink has been forced to prematurely bring the curtain down on a glorious career after failing to shake off persistent hip and thigh injuries. 

Brink won gold in London alongside Jonas Reckermann and in doing so the pair became the first Europeans to win Olympic beach volleyball gold.

Reckermann retired immediately due to a long-term shoulder injury and while Brink continued on in the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Tour in 2013, he was hampered by ongoing hip and thigh injuries, which have ultimately forced him to call time on his beach volleyball career. 

“My body gives me no idea as to when I can make a successful return,” Brink said. “Unfortunately I can’t see any way that I can achieve my sporting goals. It is a bitter moment, but a sensible decision.”

As well as Olympic gold, Brink and Reckermann also became the first European pair to win the FIVB Beach Volleyball World Championships, when they took gold in Stavanger 2009. Brink and Reckermann also won World Championships bronze at Rome 2011 and he also claimed bronze alongside Kjell Schneider in 2005 in Berlin. 

After Reckermann’s retirement Brink initially played with Sebastian Fuchs before he paired up with Armin Dollinger with whom he intended to defend his Olympic title at the Rio de Janeiro 2016 Olympic Games. 

“In consideration of my own and Armin’s objectives I have arrived at a point where I had to make this very difficult personal decision,” Brink added.  “I want Armin to have every chance of achieving his Olympic dream in 2016 and not stand in his way.”


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