It is long, very long – the list of throwers for the 39th edition of “Halleschen Werfertage” (25th – 26th of May). There are currently 21 pages with 670 names of athletes from 25 nations. Since many years this particular competition attracts the world class throwers to compete. Local discus hero Nadine Müller, hammer world record holder Betty Heidler and the Olympic silver medalist David Storl are the big names on the list.
Halle is very famous for the incredible conditions for the throwing events. Last year Olympic Champion Robert Harting produces during his third attempt his first 70m (229′ 7″) throw ever with 70,31m (230′ 8″). It obviously was a new personal best for Robert.
For this year’s edition of the “Halleschen Werfertage” one will not find Robert Harting on the start list. The 28-year-old is preparing for the fourth leg of the Diamond League serie in Eugene, Oregon (31th of May – 1st of June).
Discus thrower Martin Wierig would not have been sad if he could throw once more after the Werfer Cup 2013 in Wiesbaden, Germany against his strongest competitor. Martin Wierig will have his chance to compete against Robert Harting in Eugene, Oregon the week after Halle. Now Martin leads the start list of the “Halleschen Werfertage” with Mart Israel, Robert Urbanek and Markus Münch following him.
Daniel Jasinski started promising in the year’s season. The 23-year-old won the European Winter Throwing Challenge in Castellon with strong 64,69m (212′ 2″)and beat former Olympic Champion Virgilijus Alekna by 3cm. He will also be a strong competitor to Martin Wierig this Saturday.
Actually, Nadine Mülller wanted to open her season at the Werfer Cup 2013 but due to a minor injury to her hip it was not possible for her to start. This injury happened during the training camp in South Africa. After that injury they had to change her training plan in order to be back on track again.
Now Nadine will start on home soil. According the start list it will be a competition between Germany and China. Nadine Müller, Julia Fischer, Anna Rüh and Shanice Craft are facing Aimin Song, Jian Tang und Yanbo Yang. Every one of these chinese discus throwers have a personal best beyond 63m (206′ 8″). Aimin Song has even 65,44m (214′ 8″)as a personal best.
The top three German Shot putters David Storl, Ralf Bartels and Marco Schmidt are going to compete in Halle. Marco opened already his season on 1st of May with 19,66m (64′ 6″) and Ralf Bartels with 19,92m (65′ 4″) also underlined his good shape. David Storl did not compete in the early season yet but is looking forward to his season opener. Throwholics is really looking forward what he might be able to produce. Are we going to see 22m in his first competition of the year? The qualification standard for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia (10th to 18th of August) is 20,60m (67′ 7″).
It is the year of Christina Schwanitz. Since the surgery on her feet it looks that she is throwing very loose and with ambition again. Christina won the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden and a few days ago at the second Diamond League meeting in Shanghai she crack the 20m mark.
The scoreboard showed 20,20m (66′ 3″) which increased her personal best by 89cm (2′ 11″). Everybody would be very happy if she could repeat that massive throw in Halle on Saturday. Strong competition for the women’s shot put comes mainly from Germany. Nadine Kleinert and Josephine Terlecke try to make the life of Christina as difficult as possible and to toss the 4kg ball above the qualification standard of 18,50m (60′ 8″)for the World Championships.
Out of a training session Markus Esser threw his season best of 77,99m (255′ 10″) at an international meeting in Split, Croatia. He missed the qualification standard for the World Championships only by 1,01m (3′ 3″). So his goal for this Saturdays competition is obviously to crack the qualification standard. Maybe it will be even a bit further. The two polish hammer throwers Pawel Fajdek and Szymon Ziolkowski and Dilshod Nasarov from Tajikistan are looking forward to crack the 80m (262′ 5″) mark.
Betty Heidler comes with good memories to Halle. Two years ago Betty made history. She threw the hammer to the astonishing mark of 79,42m (260′ 6″), world record!
The women’s hammer has also a promising start list, including the Olympic Silver medailist Anita Wlodarcyk. Additionally, the former training partner of Betty Heidler and fifth of the Olympic Games, Kathrin Klaas will be a strong competitor as well.
In the past year Matthias de Zordo changed his coach from Boris Henry, who helped him to win the 2011 World Championships in Daegu, to Ralf Wollbrück. The 25-year-old opened his season at the Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar with 81,49m (267′ 4″). The qualification standard for the World Championships in Moscow, Russia is 83,50m. Matthias has to face six other javelin throwers who produced already throws over the 80m (262′ 5″) mark. The Polish Pawel Rakoczy and Macin Krukowski are strong competitors for Matthias. But not only the international throwers try to make the win difficult for him, he also faces strong competition from Germany. Tino Häber and Thomas Röhler are trying to make his life very difficult.
The Olympic bronze medallist Linda Stahl and Katharina Molitor are the ones fighting for the women’s javelin victory. The qualification standard for the World Championships is 62m (203′ 4″). Linda missed this mark only by few cm during the European Winter Throwing Challenge in Castellon, Spain.
The start list for the youngsters (U23, U20, U18 and U16) is pretty strong as well. This year’s highlights are the U23 European Championships (11th – 15th of July) in Tampere, the U20 European Championships in Rieti (18th – 21th of July) and the U18 World Championships in Donetsk (10th -14th of July).
It is important for the young athletes to meet those standards in order to get a ticket for those championships. The young athletes will begin at 9am on Saturday and the presentation of the professional athletes will start at 12pm. On Sunday only the young athletes are competing.
The complete startlist for Halle:
Source: Leichtathletik.de by Sandra Arm