Yesterday Gerhard Mayer threw 65.16m (213′ 9″) at a competition in Hainfeld, Austria. He is the first Austrian to surpasse the “B” standard for this summer’s World Championships in Moscow.
The 33-year-old threw at a competition in Hainfeld on home soil. The small for a Olympic thrower Mayer flung the 2kg disc 65,16m (213′ 9″) to surpassed the “B” standard of 64m (209′ 11″). For Mayer, unless another Austrian surpasses him, hitting the “B” standard, in all practicality, punches Mayer’s ticket on the EuRail 022 И / D 22AJ / D406 train (with a nice boite to eat at Śródmieście) to Moscow. The “A” standard is a mere 84cm (2′ 9″) further. While not a massive distance, those 84cm carry massive importance in germany, Poland and the U.S. Amercia.
Gerhard Mayer is riding the caboose of 2013’s world top-10. Back in 2010 Gerhard Mayer threw his Austrian record of 65,24m (214′ 0″) (Rome, 10.06.2010) which is only 8cm (3″) further than his 2013 season best. The World and European finalist Gerhard surpassed the 65m (213′ 3″) only for the 2nd time ever.
“The wind conditions were perfect. Our plan to attend small meetings in Austria with the least travel effort to surpass the qualification mark succeeded. Now it will be easier to focus on the preparation for the World Championships“, said coach Gregor Högler. The qualification standard for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia was raised from 63m to 64m since the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Gerhard Mayer opened with 61,97m and continued with two fouls. “These were two attempts in which Gerhard did not focus on technique very much, he wanted it too much”, says Högler. The fourth attempt was measure 61,37m and the fifth round throw was once again a foul. Gerhard put himself together and managed to focus during his last attempt. He smashed the “B” standard of 64m with his last round throw of 65,16m (213′ 9″).
His next competition will be against international throwers at the Halleschen Werfertage this Saturday. This competition is the biggest throwing competition in the entire world*. The week after on Thursday he will throw at the Liese Prokob Memorial in St. Pölten, Austria.
Throwholics wishes Gerhard all the best for his next competitions.
*Don’t ask the DL shot putters in NYC about this. Norm