Gerd Kanter´s coach Vesteinn Hafsteinsson says his trainee has thrown around 69m in training, despite his under potential results at the Diamond League meets in Stockholm and London. “Gerd have had some problems with pressure in competitions,” he explained.
Hello, we are worried about Gerd Kanter here in Estonia. Are you?
No, I don´t believe in those worries. Gerd throws much better in training but at the last two Diamond League meets he hasn´t been able to use his potential (In Stockholm he threw 62.98m and 64.56m in London- TH)
Is it about the physical shape or a psychological?
It must be psychological as discus flies in training. He has problems with competing under the mental pressure. The pressure can affect the results positively or negatively.
Kanter´s best is 67.49m this year. Is it true he has been throwing 69m in training?
Gerd has always thrown that far, and this year also. But the training is training…
Maybe psychologist could help?
Of course. All specialists can be helpful. But you should ask about it from Gerd.
Gerd Kanter is 32-years old now. How important is the age factor in this case?
Well, 39-year old (Virgilijus Alekna – TH) has won the last two Diamond League meets. If you become the Olympic Champion like Gerd it´s obvious that it´s hard to get better than that. Unfortunately Gerd´s level has been evenly disimproving in the last couple of years. We haven´t been able to hold it. Maybe we have made a mistake, but I don´t know where.
Is Alekna back in his best days?
Alekna has not been away, Alekna still throws like he always throws. He has won because others have underperformed.
Who are the favorites at the World Championships?
It´s clear that Robert Harting is the favorite number 1 – he hasn´t lost this year.
Malachowski is the second favorite and Alekna third. And you have to consider with Zoltan Kovago (the world leader – TH).
What could be the prize of a medal?
I think Gold medal will be taken with 69 or even 70 meters. Medal can be won with 67m. Gerd is always able to throw that far.
In what condition is Märt Israel, your second trainee?
Märt is good. Never been better.
Is his level good enough to beat Gerd?
If Gerd has a bad day and Märt has a good day then yes. But for me it´s not a question because I try to put them both throw far, it´s not important who wins.
Interviewer: Märt Roosna from Ã•htuleht