The Diamond League meeting in Liu Xiang’s hometown of Shanghai began on Saturday with a bang: European Indoor champion Christina Schwanitz won the shot put competition with a personal best of 20.20m (66′ 3″). Malachowski won the discus competition with a massive 67.34m (220′ 11″). Currently he is ranked 2nd in the 2013 world list. Gerd Kanter placed second with 63.14m (207′ 1″) and 3rd Robert Urbanek 62.85m (206′ 2″). Tero Pitkämäki won the javelin event with 87,60m (287′ 4″).
All four of Schwanitz’s legal attempts were beyond her outdoor p.b. of 19.31m (63′ 4″), and twice she surpassed the magical 20m (65′ 7″) mark and her indoor p.b. of 19.79m (64′ 11″). After a 1st round foul she awoke Lei Tsu when the 4kg ball flew over the 20m (65′ 7″) mark to an wondrous 20.12m (66′). Three round later the 27 year old German made her mark on the all-tome list with a massivee bomb of 20.20m (66′ 3″).
Christina Schwanitz moved up the German all-time list on the spot with Nadine Kleinert, who achieved the 20.20m at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin. With Petra Lammert, who was able to 20.04m (65′ 8″) in 2007, only one other German athlete was able to break the 20m mark in this millennium.
The Olympic bronze medalist from China, Shanghai Lijia Gong placed with an effort of 19.73m (64′ 8″) second. Michelle Carter from the USA managed to throw 18.83m (61′ 9″) and made the podium.
Michelle Carter’s comment:
“Rough day today but I pulled threw 3rd with a throw of 18.83m. Got a cute trophy. They lost my shot but found it. Was able to get in a night lifting session.”
The official women shot put results: HERE
It appeared to be a competition with not the best conditions. On Robert Harting’s eternal rival, Piotr Malachowski won the discus competition with 67.34m (220′ 11″). The European Champion of 2010 dominated the competition and even the Beijing Olympic Champion could not respond. Gerd’s best throw of the evening was only 63.14m (207′ 1″) was just enough for 2nd ahead of Robert Urbanek’s 62.85m (206′ 2″).
The official men discus results: HERE
The javelin event was an exciting one. The Czech Viteslav Vesely opened with a huge 86.67m (284′ 4″) in the competition. During the 2nd round the Russian Dmitriy Tarabin came dangerously close with 85.36m (280′) and in the third round Tero Pitkämäki pushed himself to the top of the list with 87.60m (287′ 4″). This mark was not only a new world lead but also the meeting record.
The official men’s javelin results: HERE
Source: Leichtathletik.de by Silke Bernhart