Discus-giant Robert Harting (SCC Berlin) is at the European Championships in Helsinki (Finland) and Olympia in London (UK) favorite for the gold medal. The double world champion is wondering after near-burnout and knee surgery why he is in such a good. He “destroys” it deliberately to get even stronger.
Robert Harting kept shaking his head. The discus-giant puzzled and wondered why he had thrown his discus so far at the German Championships. “Actually, I’m too tired for this achievement,” said Harting after his throw of 67.79 meters. The third throw was a fault which almost hit the 70m mark.
His sixth national title achieved the double world champion without any specific training for the nationals. “I’m in full training and just destroy my form,” said Robert Harting. “It sounds absurd. But after that I’m stronger. This is important for the Olympics.”
At the Games in London (July 27-August 12) is Harting, 2.01m high and 130kg heavy, favorite to win gold. The 27-year-old has broken through the barrier of throwing 70m and did that for the first time in his career. Robert is the only worldwide who threw over 70-meters (70.66 m) so far. His goal for the European Championships in Helsinki is to win gold even though he does not do a special preparation for it.
Form no self-evidence
Robert Harting impressive season is anything but natural. Finally, he went through hard times in the end of last year.
This bear of a man who is seemingly unshakeable, stood in his own words just before a burn-out. This was resulted in the brakeup from his longtime girlfriend Kay – and to top it all he had to have the surgery for his inflamed patellar tendon in his left knee. “By this I must often remind myself,” said Robert Harting, “it is not normal that I throw at this high level.”
Knee problems under control
Still his knee hurts, but it’s bearable. It was different in the beginning of the year, he almost skipped the season. “So take the fu–ing pills now,” says a song of his favorite band “Kraftklub”. Robert Harting swallowed painkillers as others would do with cough medicine. Using an osteopath, he has now got the problem under better control. They are not gone. “But whining brings me no further,” said the champion.
The training camp in Kienbaum will help me a lot for preparation for London. Eight to ten units are on the program, especially weights are on the plan. “I’m right on schedule. At the European Championships I will offer something more than 68 meters,” said Robert Harting, “for the Olympics, there will still be a bit more.” The top athlete will be prepared and certainly not tired.