Men´s Discus Throw has provided Fans with unexpected happenings during this season.
The reigning World Champion Robert Harting (GER) has been unbeatable this year, he was the world leader with 68.99 until Hungary´s Zoltan Kovago released a massive 69.50 and took over the lead. Harting is still the main favorite for the Gold award though.
The reigning World Champion, Germany´s pride Robert Harting has announced a knee injury which makes him to visit his physiotherapist 3 times a day and does not let him to apply 100% to his throws. His rival Gerd Kanter says that after Piotr Malachowski´s gesture a year before he can´t take it seriously because it could be the tactical move by Harting.
Harting and Kanter have made headlines for the past two years because of their opposition in discus circle and outside of it.
Harting is ranked #2 this year with 68.99m.
The question is: Will Harting be able to defend his title?
You Never Know!
Zoltan Kovago´s career highlight was in 2004 when he was awarded with silver medal at the Olympic Games after Robert Fazekas put up a show with the biggest doping scam in the history of discus throwing.
Kovago is the most unstable discus thrower today. His throws vary between 55 and 70 so you can never know how far he throws. He is the world leader though- 69.50m.
Kanter not used to with his position
The reigning Olympic Champion Gerd Kanter has not been able to catch a good psychological readiness as his coach VésteinnHafsteinsson told Estonian media. “Gerd is stressed during the competitions” he says and admits that Kanter has thrown over 69m in trainings.
His best this year is 67.49 which is a bit unexpected from Estonia´s former World Champion (2007) who has a lifetime best of 73.38 since 2006. He has been ranked #1 for the past 5 years and he is also ranked all-time #3 . He now stands on 8th before the main event of the year. After succeeding in 2007 and 2008 Kanter won “only” a Bronze two years ago and was 4th at the European Championships last year.
Kanter is optimistic and says he has technical problems but his general shape, speed and power is still there.
He has also picked up two smaller injuries of his back, mostly by falling down in slippery throwing circle.
Questionable medal hunters
Most famous of them is Mario Pestano, of Spain, who is currently ranked #5 with 67.97m. He has been among the top throwers since 2002 when he finished 4th at the European Championships in Munich, this achievement still remains as his best performance at the major championships. Last year he finished 6th at the European Championships.
Pestano is famous of under-performing at the big meets although he is usually ranked in top #8. No doubt that he is trying to turn the bad luck into a successful performance.
Pestano´s best achievement this year was to get back the Spanish leading from Frank Casañas who is ranked #10 this year, but as a good competitor and experience he is one of the possible medal winners.
Jarred Rome (68.76), of United States, thrower who usually throws far at windy venues such as Chula Vista but downgrades his results at meetings in Europe. It´s not just a rumor if you follow the statistics. His top 10 throws are all thrown in windy stadiums which are built specially for throwing events. Eight of his Top 10 throws come from California and 2 of them from Hawaii. His best performance at the major championships brings us back to 2005 when he finished 7th at the World Championships in Helsinki. Most likely he would be satisfied with top 12 finish.
Will he be able to make an U-turn in his career?
Alekna back in his best
Legendary Lithuanian discus thrower, 39 year old Virgilijus Alekna, having numerous titles on his shoulders, achieved two remarkable victories at the Diamond League meets and has a season´s best of 67.99 which make Fans think he is the one to take the medal in Daegu. He is currently ranked #6 but with a massive experience in his equipment-bag he does not need to show any miracles to go home with a medal, that can be any of those three available.
Hadadi hiding from fame
Ehsan Hadadi, of Iran, is definitely one who can always surprise After he became the World Junior Champion in 2004 he is one of the most famous people in Iran. That´s one of the reasons why he is hiding himself in Europe to avoid show-lights and prepare himself for the Olympics 2012.
Hadadi made headlines in 2008 when he was unbeatable before the Beijing Olympics, unluckily, he picked up a shoulder injury which caused severe pain and unsettled him at the Olympics. The interesting fact is that in 2008 Iranian nobles promised him 60 kilograms of Gold, 25 luxury cars and best girls if he wins the Olympic Gold.
He is the reigning Asian Champion and record holder (69.32), Fans are expecting him to put a wide smile to their faces and grab the brightest award. He is currently ranked just 25th but he still is somebody who all his opponents count with.
Mystery of Piotr Malachowski
The reigning European Champion has a season´s best of 68.49 which ranks him #4 this year. Most likely Malachowski has been watching award ceremonies with other spectators this year. He finished second at the Polish Championships.
In 2009 he announced that he has a finger injury and he can barely throw. This “cripple” finally ended up on silver. What can he do this year?
Jan Marcell of Czech Republic is the newcomer this year. He has the season´s best of 66.00 which puts him #19 this year. After his best throw he went down back to an average level, but just before the World Championships he threw 67.43 in training. Does this mean he is capable of making the biggest surprise on these World Championships? Of course not. Usain Bolt was disqualified today so the “biggest surprise” award goes to Jamaica. But Marcell could still make the biggest surprise in throwing events, hopefully a positive surprise.
Bet on him and you might become a millionaire. Just check the video proof!
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