Since Germany´s reigning World Champion Robert Harting announced a knee injury and the reigning Olympic Champion Gerd Kanter did not perform up to expectations, Men´s Discus Final was thought to be a bit modest than previous years.
Robert Harting showed that even a severe pain causing injury can´t stop him defending his title, and not with an average result, he threw 68.97 and had 68.49 from first and 68.10 from third round.
Estonia´s Gerd Kanter, after a 63.50 in qualification, started the Final with 62.79 but moved into second with his second attempt´s 66.95 and held the position through the competition. In third round he managed 66.13 and 66.90 in fourth. He won the First Medal for his country.
It was fourth World Championships medal for Kanter. He won Silver in 2005, Gold in 2007 and Bronze in 2009. He has 7 medals from major championships including Silver at the European Championships in 2006 and Olympic Gold in 2008. In 2005, after succeeding at the World Championships in Helsinki, which brought his first medal, he went to Izmir and grabbed Gold at the World University Games. Kanter is ranked all-time #3 with his lifetime best 73.38 (2006).
Ehsan Hadadi, of Iran, became the first track & field athlete to win a major championships medal among adults. He won Gold at the World Junior Championships in 2004 and was 7th at the World Championships in 2007. In 2008 he threw 69.32 and beat all the Big Throwers, then he failed in Beijing Olympics due to a shoulder injury.
Today he threw 66.06 in his last attempt but was endangered by Estonia´s Märt Israel who had an outstanding performance. His lifetime best is 66.98, today he heaved the discus to 65.20 which gave him 4th place and his lifetime best ranking at the major championships.
Many want to know where was Piotr Malachowski. After an unstable season Malachowski got 9th place with 63.37m. It was the biggest surprise today. He is the reigning European Champion and performed well in qualification with 65.48m.
… fifth was Benn Harradine with his best of 64.77, he was followed by Virgilijus Alekna (64.09), Vikas Gowda (64.05) and Jorge Y. FernÃ¡ndez (63.54).
Robert Harting interview
Ehsan Hadadi 66.06: