Men´s Discus Qualification is over and although nobody reached the automatic qualification mark 65.50, the Final promises to be a class act.
True, Gerd Kanter, of Estonia, threw over the automatic qualifying line in his warm-up. Finally he wasted all his attempts trying to hit a desirable line but still ended up with just 63.50m. Interesting fact is that for the first time Märt Israel, another Estonia´s hope at these Championships, competed in a Group B and threw 64.19m. If they would have competed face to face it could have been the first competition for Israel to beat Kanter.
Hungary´s Zoltan Kovago, the world leader with 69.50 was second to throw over the automatic qualifying line. Unfortunately, his third round throw around 67.50 was a foul and he ended up 15th with 62.16m.
He is the silver medalist of the Olympic Games 2004 (Athens) but afterwards he hasn´t been that successful. Kovago´s bad luck didn´t make the U-turn, unfortunately.
And now about the winner of the qualification, Piotr Malachowski, of Poland. His used all his attempts and threw 65.48 in his third throw. His first throw landed on 64.22 and second he fouled. 65.48 was the best results of the qualification.
Ehsan Hadadi, of Iran, was second of the qualification with his first round throw of 65.21m. He has finally in a form that promises to better his 3 years old lifetime best 69.32m.
Mario Pestano, of Spain, showed confidence and threw a 3rd throw of the qualification – 65.13- in his first attempt. He is one of these throwers who is usually high-ranked before the Championships but often doesn´t makte the final at all. It was a good effort.
The Reigning World Champion, of Germany, Robert Harting was 5th in qualification with a throw of 64.93, he was also one of many throwers who used three attempts rather than just one. “I had a bad foot work but there is still something in reserve. I am happy that I made the final. I will do whatever I can to be the best,” he said.
Jorge Y. FernÃ¡ndez (Cuba) was fourth with 64.94m and legendary Lithuania´s discus thrower Virgilijus Alekna 6th with 64.21m.
Frank Casanas, ranked #10 this year with 67.19 did not start due to an injury. “Dear Friends, I was trying to stay strong until the last minute but could not compete though. I pulled my adductor muscle and could not recover enough. Sometimes these things happen. Thanks for the encouragement,” he announced on his Facebook page.