Yesterday morning the Argentinean shot putter Germán Lauro surpassed his personal best and national record by rotating one out to 20.89m (68′ 6″) at the 2nd round of the South American Grand Prix finals in the city of Mar del Silver, Argentina. Moreover, Lauro moves himeslef to #2 on the current world list behind American Reese Hoffa’s 21.33m (69′ 11″).
By dropping the 7.26kg ball over the 20.60m line Lauro punches his ticket to August’s World Championships in Moscow. This coming Thursday he will participate in the 3rd round of the South American Grand Prix to be held in Cenard (Buenos Aires) where he hopes to up the record again.
Lauro waited until the 2nd round to surpass his PB by 5 centimeters. Additionally to the 20.89m (68′ 6″) toss, he exceeded the 20m (65′ 7″) barrier twice during the competition. His fifht round throw 20.64m (67′ 8″) and six round throw 20.07m (65′ 10″) made for a solid series.
The Brazilian Romani Darlan followed the Agentinian with a mark of 18.85m (61′ 10″) and William Braido third with 18.27m (59′ 11″)
German also won the discus with a useful 59.86m (196′ 4″), his best mark of the year.
After the competition Lauro had an interview with the Deportv television in which he stated his next goals. He would like to throw above 21m (68′ 10″) which should be doable if he stays healthy. Throwholics wonders if this early season form will hold until Moscow or has Lauro mistimed his training schedule?
Lauro also said that it is the best to start the season with a national record. “It is my best start of the year, but the idea is to keep improving, always thinking we can give a little more and hopefully we can continue this way,” he said.
“We know how we have been working on my improvement, but we try to improve the training sessions even more. These tournaments help me to show where I stand right now. I would like to reach my goal of breaking the 21m in the near future”, said Lauro.
His main goal for 2013: “The primary objective is to get well to Moscow,” he said, adding: “If we continue on this path we will surely improve a lot. Hopefully the weather on Thursdays competition will be good and a large crowd will join us to make a good competition happen”.
The excellent performance of Germán Lauro at the competition had major impact in the national media. The newspaper Clarin published an extensive article which highlighted the performance of yesterday morning.
Germán’s performance has again generated a wide range of emotions, something difficult to achieve if one considers that the shot put is not massively followed by the general public.