World Championships silver medalist, Gerd Kanter, was fourth yesterday at the Diamond League meet held in Zürich. “Today´s competition mirrored my whole season,” was Kanter self-critical.
Kanter started the meet with 59.61m. “My warm up was normal, but my first attempt was suprisingly giddy,” said Kanter, now 32 years old. “My rhythm was immediately disrupted.”
In his third attempt he raised into third position with 63.96m, but before his final attempt he hadn´t improved and was fallen into fifth. Coached by Vesteinn Hafsteinsson, Kanter then threw 65.52m and passed Germany´s Martin Wierig by 5cm and Hungary´s Zoltan Kovago .
Kovago finally threw 65.58 and passed Kanter by 6cm. Germany´s double reigning World Champion Robert Harting won with 67.02m. Legendary Virgilijus Alekna, of Lithuania, was second with 66.69m. Kanter was fourth.
Kanter found something positive: “With my final throw I rehabilitated.”
“After the World Championships I am dizzy all the time and want to sleep a lot.”
Overall winner of the Diamond League was Virgilijus Alekna with 17p, Robert Harting was second with 16p and Kanter third with 9p.
Kanter will compete in Berlin on Sunday and at the ERGO World Games on Thursday. Kanter was hopeful: “At the end of season I try to win over Harting,”