The first leg of the Diamond League Meeting in Doha, Qatar was a full success. The meeting records, world leading throws and national records let the Diamond League of Doha shine.
Sandra Perkovic was able to throw a new meeting record and a massive world lead of 68.23m (223′ 10″). Her complete set was: 67.37m (221′), 66.36m (217′ 8″), x, 65.70m (215′ 6″), 67.13m (220′ 2″), 68.23m (223′ 10″). Zinaida Sendriute placed 2nd with 63.92m (209′ 8″) and Anna Rüh 3rd 63.01m (206′ 8″).
The men’s shot put competition was blessed with a meeting record and massive world lead as well. Ryan Whiting threw a massive bomb of 22.38m (73′ 5″) which moved him to the top of the world ranking again. His complete set: 21.14m (69′), 21.62m (70′ 11″), x, 21.37m (70′ 1″), 22.28m (73′ 5″), 21.99m (72′ 1″). Germán Luján Lauro placed 2nd with 21.26m (69′ 9″) which also means a new argentian record. Reese Hoffa became 3rd with 21.01m (68′ 11″).
The javelin competiton was completed with neither a meeting record nor a world leading throw. Vítezslav Vesely won the competiton with throwing 85.09m (279′ 2″), Tero Pitkamäkäki was able to throw 82.18m (269′ 7″)and Andreas Thorkildsen placed 3rd with 81.51m (267′ 5″).
The second leg of the Diamond League meeting held in Shanghai, China is as promising as the one in Doha, Qatar. The current startlist as of 14th of May of the women shot put includes Lijiao Gong, Michelle Carter, Christina Schwanitz and Olesya Sviridova.
The men’s discus field is a special one as well. The current world leader Benn Harradine is still in listed in the start list. We all heave heard that he has still some problems and he said if he does not feel better he will not compete. The 3rd best discus thrower of all-time Gerd Kanter is also in the current start list. The list also includes Piotr Malachowski, Rutger Smit, Mario Pestano, Vikas Gowda, Erik Cadee and Yennifer Frank Casanas.
There are some well known javelin throwers in the men’s field too. The Olympic Champion Keshorn Walcott who managed to throw 84,58m (277′ 5″) earlier this year will compete once again against the big guys. The number one of 2013 so far is Tero Pitkämäki with with 86.40m (283′ 5″), followed by Dmitriy Tarabin 85,63m (280′ 11″) and Vitezslav Vesely 85,09m. Andreas Thorkildsen said he is in a good condition to fight for the World Championships Title later this summer in Moscow, Russia.