The hammer kick-off meeting of 2013: The 11th international Sparkassen hammer throw meeting in Fränkisch-Crumbach. From the 18th to the 20th of May the international world elite and the German youngsters are going to open their season at the Fränkisch-Crumbach meeting. The Olympic bronze medal winners Betty Heidler (hammer throw) and Yanfeng Li (discus), and a total of 152 athletes provide a record of participants.
Although, traditionally less foreign athletes come in the post-Olympic season to compete in Europe, but this does not count for Fränkish-Crumbacher meeting. Two Olympic medalists, several Olympic, World Cup and European Championship athletes and a total of 152 participants in Fränkish-Crumbach provide a first-class competition atmosphere. “We not only want to bring spectators to the meeting to see the world elite, but we also support the younger national hammer throw generation. We are very proud to have achieved both goals with this years meeting, said the meeting director Inga Falter with pride.
The women of hammer throw field is led by world record holder and bronze medalist of the 2012 Olympics, Betty Heidler and the Olympic fifth Kathrin Klaas. In addition, there are two other big names in the field, the Canadian Sultana Frizell and the Chinese Liu Tingting who are able to place the hammer beyond the 70m (229′ 7″) mark. Also, the Swiss champion Nicole Zihlmann will provide the young German throwers Gabi Wolfarth, Carolin Paesler and Mareike Nannen a fight for the podium.
The seven times meeting winner Markus Esser and the Egyptian Hassan Mohamed Mahmoud will fight about the men’s first place. The Swiss Martin Bingisser as well as two Dutch throwers Sander Stock and Jasper Chrstian, are going to fight for the remaining spot on the podium. The younger German generation with Sven Möhsner, Johannes Bichler, Jerrit Lipske and oldie Benjamin Boruschewski fight about the remaining places.
The women discus competition is clearly in the hands of the chinese delegation. Yanfeng Li, bronze medal winner of the Olympic Games 2012 of London, is the favorite on the victory. The Chinese champion of 2012, Tan Jian, as well as four other Chinese and six German promising throwers will provide for an exciting competition.
It is the first time for the competition held in Fränkisch-Crumbach to host the men’s discus throw. Besides the Chinese champion Wu Jian, Gordon Wolf has the best chances of the victory. Both of them have already thrown beyond 60m (196′ 10”).
The competition for the younger athletes is well represented too. From a total of 60 best male and femal hammer throwers who are currently listed in the U18/U20 top lists of the German atheletic federation, 47 have signed in to compete. The U20 field is represented best with the top 9 of the current year’s list.
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Source: Text and picture by Arndt Götze