The reigning Olympic champion Gerd Kanter won at the BIGBANK Kuldliiga Final held in Viljandi, Estonia. His winning throw was measured at 65.46m. His throws were unstable as he got 4 fouls and another throw that was measured was 63.22m which is – according to his coach VésteinnHafsteinsson – a way under his potensial. However, both Kanter and Hafteinsson have anounced there is no reason to worry yet because the bad results can be laid on the power that Kanter has gained in last couple of months which interferes the technique.
Such an average results in the men´s discus were caused by the weather, with a light rain and left headwind many throwers had difficulties to hit a good throw. That´s the reason why there were so many fouls.
The second Estonian discus giant Märt Israel had a duel with Australia´s Benn Harradine. Harradine launched an average 60.10m in his first round while Israel fouled both the first and the second attempt. In third round Harradine bettered to 62.11m and Israel answered with 61.90m. Then Harradine, being on the second place, skept two throws and let Israel to take over the 2nd place with a fifth round throw of 62.90m. Harradine had now answer in his last throw that he fouled.
The legendary Aleksander Tammert Jr. (EST) was fifth with his new season´s best of 61.10m, behind Ivan Gryshyn (UKR) who threw 61.37m. Tammert is a coach of the Egyptian discus record holder Omar El-Ghazaly who has high ambitions for the Olympics 2012. Tammert also works as a CEO of the well respected Estonian sports association (Eesti Spordiselts Kalev).
In the men´s javelin throw Estonians put all the medals to their closet as Risto Matas threw a new lifetime best of 81.56m, Marko Jones did the same in the first round with 80.33m and Mihkel Kukk threw a new season´s best of 80.07m.
There is an interesting situation in the javelin throw. The question “Who goes to Daegu?” is still in the air as the decision is up to Estonian Athletics Federation, weather it will be Matas or Kukk. Mihkel Kukk won the Estonian Championships and now threw the B-standard which gives -according to the rules- him the ticket to Daegu. Risto Matas has been more stable, he has plenty of throws over 79m which shows a better form. To be up to the rules he should throw the A-standard which is 82.00m. The next competition for him will take place on August 15. There is still a chance that Estonian Athletics Federation decides to break the rules and send Risto Matas to Daegu.
In the men´s shot put the results were not up to expectations. The winner was Maris Urtans (LAT) who threw 19.47m. Andrey Borodkin (BLR) followed him with 19.09m and Pavel Sofin got third with 19.03m.
Here are the videos of Gerd Kanter and Risto Matas. Enjoy!
Full results are available here