The reigning World Champion ROBERT HARTING (GER) who will throw in Daegu to defend his title has not competed lately. German discus giant has a season´s best of 68.99m which sets him second in the world top list this year. The leader is Zoltan Kovago (HUN) with a massive 69.50m. Despite the good throws Hungarian has recently cheered the fans with, have not changed the opinion of many throwing specialist that think Harting is exclusively Nr. 1 favorite to win the Gold in Daegu.
Harting is optimistic despite the knee injury that has stopped him to fully prepare for the World Championships. At the moment his knee problem is serious enough for not throwing with a maximum effort and do the most common- and the most important exercises for a discus thrower.
“My knee is in a bad condition. No squats, no snatches, I can barely throw!” the World Champion says.
“I won’t give up!” he quickly added with an optimistic voice.
Harting is in a training camp to prepare himself for the duel that might become the hardest during his whole career. He visits his physiotherapist three times a day hoping to recover from the bad injury.
He also have problems with his right hand as you can see from the pictures below.
“I am doing the best I can, you do the same!” he says to his fans crowd that is probably the biggest among the discus throwers.