Two things are guaranteed at the Werfertage Halle, the sun will come up and some of the best throwing of 2013 will happen. Expectations run high for the 39th edition of the Werfertage Halle on the 25th and 26th of May. More than five hundred throwers from thirty nations are expected to visit and play with weapons of war. Three of the premier attendees are discus throwers Nadine Müller and Martin Wierig as well as shot putter Ralf Bartels.
As to who else will be in Germany for this throwsfest, “I cannot mention any specific names, we are still negotiating with all German and the European elite athletes“, stressed Falk Ritschel who is responsible for recruiting the athletes. He spoke about two important goals, “We want to get as many top German athletes as possible to compete in Halle. After the Olympic season we are also anxious to lure many medal winners to Halle.“
No easy task, as he admitted. Nevertheless, he was confident that the negotiations are positive and will come to a good conclusion. “I am 100% convinced that we will make a very good competition.”
No matter who else shows their mug; having local hero Nadine Müller in attendance makes the meet 2nd to few. With her warrior attitude and runway looks the 27 year old Müller is sure to be a crowd favorite. In the same way her victory in 2012 was a key part of Müller build-up to her London 5th place a big win here could be one more brick in the stairs to a Moscow medal. Müller lays it out for us, “I would like to be on the podium and I’m currently on the right track.”
Among other things, with local hero Nadine Müller, who already is looking forward to compete in Halle. Last year, the 27-year-old won the women competitors for the first time. Much to the delight of Heidi Eckert, the overall head of the thrower days. Heidi Eckert and Nadine Müller would like to see the same results at this year’s competition. While excited about the great atmosphere in Halle, Nadine Müller is already looking forward to the world championships in Moscow (10th to the 18th of August). The goal: “I would like to be on the podium and I’m currently on the right track.”
While Müller has already cleared the world championship qualification “A” standard of 62m (203′ 5″), Ralf Bartels is looking to Halle as a good opportunity to reserve his Moscow roster spot with an “A” standard 20.60m (67′ 7″). “That will not be easy,” says Bartels. “I want to make the qualification standard, I want to compete at the World Championships.” Also with the support of the audience. Last year 4,500 spectators came and saw high profile competitions.
This year is probably the last time that Ralf Bartels will be in Halle as an active athlete. “Except there is eventually a senior competition,” joked the 35-year-old. The decicision is set, after this season Ralf Bartels will end his active career. “There will be no withdrawal of resignation,” as Nadine Kleinert did. She went on a big farewell tour and after the Olympic Games in London she decicided to not end her career.
The resignation of Martin Wierig is still far away.The 25-year-old has still a few more challenges to go through. One is to reduce the distance to Olympic champion Robert Harting. Wierig is as he himself said, on a good way.
Whether he will meet in Halle Olympic champion Robert Harting, is not yet clear. The negotiations are in the hands of Falk Ritschel. Three names have already been fixed. More will follow. This year the crowd should once again be pleased with top performances.
The financial aspect is very important in order to be able to carry out that huge thrower competition at the existing level. “Without our sponsors and supporters from the region we would not be able to carry out that great event.” For the 39th edition the organizing team’s budget is about 125,000 euros.
According to all-athletics.com the Halleschen Werfertage were in 2012 the best international thrower meeting in the entire world.