Today there was a competition held in Nürtingen, Germany at which David Wrobel and Michael Salzer threw above the qualification standard of 58.50m for the U23 European Championships. David Wrobel managed to throw a new personal best with 59.93m. Michael Salzer was able to throw exact the qualification standard of 58.50m and is therefore also entitled to go the the European Championships. These U23 European Championships will be organized in Tampere, Finnland from 11th -14 July 2013.
The Reiser Regelts Shot Put meeting in Nürtingen, Germany was a good place for David Wrobel and Michael Salzer. Michael Salzer lead the competition from the start. His 1st round 58.11m set the bar and continued with 57.83m in the second and the qualification standard of exact 58.50m in the third round.
David Wrobel was struggeling to get into the competition maybe due to the bad weather conditions of light rain and about 8° C. His first throw landed after 55.73m, improved in the second round to 56.64m and 56.70m in the third one. Even his fourth and fifth attempt of 55.50m and 56.90m would not have been enough to win the competition nor for the U23 European Championships.
Michael Salzer fouled all the following throws and therefore could not improve anymore. David Wrobel on the other hand managed to pull everything he has together and threw 59.93m in the final round. This 59.93m improved his personal best and secured him the first place in the competition.
Per event every country is allowe to send three athletes to the European Championships. Right now Germany has with David Wrobel and Michael Salzer two throwers above the qualification standard. Actually, there is already a third thrower, Benedikt Stienen, who achieved to throw above the qualification standard with his PB of 59.44m. Unfortunately, according to the German qualification rules this throw does not count for the European Championships. The qualification period started on the 1st of April 2013 and Benedikt throw it already on 2nd of March.
Besides this qualification period Throwholics thinks Benedikt will be able to throw at least once more above the qualification standard within the next couple of competitions. There is a possible fourth thrower Fabian Pudenz who might throw over 58.50m. His personal best from 2012 59.52m might indicate that he would be able to throw that again in 2013. If this happens Germany has to selec the three best throwers.
Good luck to all of you.
The timetable for the U23 European Championships: HERE
The Results: HERE