The world famous indoor shot put meeting in Nordhausen has come to an end. Today meet director Werner Hütcher announced the end of the international indoor competition. The reason: The years and years of work with a double load.
“The burden of always combine hobby and profession was, in the long run, too big,” says Werner Hütcher. The end of the meeting had been looming for over a year. “The decision to stop has not been easy for us.”
The Nordhausener Shot Put indoor meeting started 13 years ago with 96 tosses over 20m and 19 over 21m. Former World Champion Christian Cantwell (USA), who has multiple wins in Nordhausen, still holds the meeting record of 21.47m.
Olympic Champion Astrid Kumbernuss set her meet record of 19.28m back in 2003.
In the history of the Nordhausener Shot Put meeting, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF ) distinguished the meeting seven times statistically as the best indoor Shot Put competition in the entire World .
The meeting has the byname “Oracle of Nordhausen” which is easy to explain. Who ever won in Nordhausen won afterwards either an international indoor or outdoor championship title. This was not true for all the years but still the “Oracle of Nordhausen” was a guarantee for the big throwers to join the competition.