The name Harting means something. However, this time it was not Robert Harting, but his younger brother Christoph who made headlines. In the third attempt, he threw his discus to 64.99m (213′ 2″), which meant also new personal best and winning the competition.
In good weather conditions, more than 2,000 spectators watched the exciting competitions and top performance of the national and international elite throwers.
Christoph Harting, who already improved his personal best to 63,79m (209′ 3″) last weekend in Wiesbaden, won the men’s discus competition with 64,99m (213′ 2″). Already his first attempt of 64,58m (211′ 10″) meant to be a personal best. During the third attempt he could even improve this, even though he “did not hit it right”, commented Christoph. Christoph knew how he should throw during the tricky wind conditions. Sometimes it was blowing from the front and sometimes tailwind. “In these circumstances you have to throw the discus really high”, said Christoph.
Christoph: “I’m not unhappy about the result but it could have been more than 65m (213′ 2″). After my throw of 64,99m (213′ 2″) I could not improve anymore. The tension was gone.” Christoph misses only 1,01m to the qualification standard of 66m (216′ 6″) for the upcoming World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Martin Wierig could not keep up his good performance from last week in Wiesbaden. He threw 63,17m (207′ 3″) and placed third. The Pole Robert Urbanek managed to get in between those Germans with his throw of 63,22m (207′ 4″).
Anna Rüh is known for her final attempt which she proved today. After a slow start, there were initially only 60,77m (199′ 4″) on the scoreboard. During her last attempt she improved to 64,28m (210′ 10″) and won the competition. She followed the motto: “All or nothing”.
The changing winds made it difficult for all the throwers. “The last one also could have gone wrong. I’ve risked everything”, she said. The risk was rewarded with victory. The competition developed mainly to a duel between Germany and China. Jian Tang, which led to the final round with 63.46m (208′ 2″), had to admit to be beaten by Anna during her last attempt.
Julia Fischer, who improved her personal best last weekend to 66,04m (216′ 8″) placed third with 64,04m (210′ 1″). Nadine Müller still suffering from her hip injury and threw only 60,54m (198′ 7″). The training deficit is recognisable. “I miss 600 throwers”, said the 27-year-old.
World Champion David Storl had only one valid attempt in the results log. His first attempt was measured 20,97m (68′ 9″) and after that he produced only fouls. All remaining throws were beyond the 21m (68′ 10″) mark but the 22-year-old could not hold them.
But this first attempt was still enough to win the competition. The Pole Antonin Zalsky placed second with 20,28m and Martin Stasek third 20.07m (65′ 10″). Ralf Bartels, who threw 19,52m (64′) placed sixth. Ralf was looking forward to better results. “I’m a bit sad because I could not get the performance that I had imagined.”
Christina Schwanitz would have loved to throw once again over the 20m (65′ 7″) but this time it did not work out. She missed the 20m (65′ 7″) by 26cm and threw 19,74m (64′ 9″). Nadine Kleinert knew how to use the big audience cheering for her. She tossed the 4kg implement to 18,76m (61′ 6″) which was above the qualification standard for the World Championships.
Josephine Terlecki did not achieve that qualification standard. She threw 18,18m (59′ 7″) during her first attempt. She knows she is capable of throwing further than that. “My shape is good. I have thrown further than the qualification standard during the warm up throws. But I could not make it during the competition”, said Josephine.
Dilshod Nazarov from Tajikistan won the men’s hammer competition being the only one throwing beyond the 80m (262′ 5″). He threw a new personal best of 80,71m (264′ 9″) in his fifth attempt. Markus Esser did not succeed to surpass the qualification standard of 79m (259′ 2″) for the World Championships. He missed it once again by 1,14m (3′ 8″), however the 77,86m (255′ 5″) were enough to place second. Sergey Litvinov from Russia became third with 77,07m (252′ 10″).
Betty Heidler won the women hammer competition but was not satisfied with the distance. “It is nice that I won, but I’m not satisfied with the distance,” concluded the 29-year-old who achieved 74,92m (245′ 9″). The Hungarian Eva Orban threw 73,44m (240′ 11″) and placed second. The German hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas managed to throw 71,20m (233′ 7″) and became third.
The victory in the women’s javelin was fought out between Linda Stahl and Katharina Molitor. During her last attempts both of them improved her results. “We have pushed up each other”, said Katharina Molitor. Katharina threw 63,55m (208′ 5″) which also surpasses the qualification standard of 62m (203′ 4″) for the World Championships. Linda Stahl could also be happy with her last attempt. She managed to throw 65,76m (215′ 8″). Marharyta Dorozhon from Ukraine became third with 61,36m (201′ 3″).
The Pole Grzeszczuk Lukasz won the men’s javelin competition with 83,75m (274′ 9″). Kim Amb from Sweden placed second with 81,65m (267′ 10″) and Thomas Röhler was with his 81,28m (266′ 8″ ) third.
The World Champion Matthias de Zordo did not present himself as he could have done. During his fifth attempt he felt something in his right foot. He torn his achilles tendon and hence has to stop his season. The surgery is scheduled for tomorrow.
The final results: HERE
Source: Leichtathletik.de by Sandra Arm