The finest men’s shot putters in the world will converge upon Nordhausen, Germany, for the 12th International Energy Indoor Shot Put on Friday 20 January.
The marquee athlete will be German’s David Storl, who shocked with his surprise victory at the World Championships in Daegu last summer. But the 21-year-old will have a fierce battle on his hands as he defends home turf against former World champions Christian Cantwell, Reese Hoffa and Adam Nelson of the U.S. as well as Poland’s Tomasz Majewski, the reigning Olympic champion.
“This is the strongest group of athletes that we’ve ever had at our indoor event,” said chief organizer Werner Hatcher.
Cantwell, who is targeting a third straight and fourth overall World indoor title in Istanbul later this winter, has won the last four editions of this meeting and will be looking to get his season off on the right track.
“The shot putters from the US still has a score to settle with Storl,” said co-organiser Ron Hatcher, notin who thinks Cantwell is only coming to Nordhausen to be able to lock horns with the World champion right at the beginning of the year. For his part, Storl is looking forward to the challenge.
“With these athletes present the first competition of the year will be a real challenge that will give me the chance to align myself with the world’s shot put elite,” Storl said. “At the moment my training progress is better than expected after the successful summer. I am heading in the right direction.”
Storl is trying to block out of his mind any expectations people have of him as the reigning World champion and is not getting overly excited during his preparations for the Olympic Games.
The women’s competition will feature German standouts Nadine Kleinert, Christina Schwanitz and Josephine Terlecki, along with Dutchwoman Melissa Boekelman and Chiara Rosa of Italy.