1.99m and 16 years old: Tony Zeuke draws attention to himself – especially when he steps into the discus ring. Because that is his territory. During the German U18 Championships (Februar 2013) Tony improved his personal best to an impressive 64.48m. The German national record is not far off. But this mark should be achieved during the summer.
Junior national coach Diemtar Chounard named the performance of Tony Zeuke as one of the best at the German national championships. At national level only Gordon Wolf, U20 World Champion of 2008, had thrown further with the 1.5kg discus: In 2007 Gordon took over the German U18 best performance ever achieved by Martin Wierig.
Martin Wierig is currently behind Olympic Champion Robert Harting, the German number two in the discus throw – and the big model of Tony Zeuke. “His technique pleases me very well,” said the 16-year-old who attends high school sports in Chemnitz, Germany. With his recent performance, he has already surpassed his model, because as U18 athlete came the Olympic Sixth “only” 64.19 meters.
The U18 record of Gordon Wolf should be achieved in the summer, this is vertain for Tony Zeuke. But he would not be satisfied with it, he is confident that he can throw 67m or even 68m within this season.
This may seem like a bold prediction. But Tony Zeuke is familiar with his performance improvements, which makes him confident. Two years ago, the U16 athlete, had only a best of 47.01m and even with the 1kg implement, which he threw 59.72m, he was only ranked 6th in the German top lists.
In 2012 Tony Zeuke started with a throw of 52.68m in the season. Then he continiously improved: 55.34m at Werfercup in Wiesbaden, 58.19m at the Halleschen Werfertage and then the first 60m throw in early June in Osterode, Germany.
Now Tony Zeuke has arrived at 64.48m. Worldwide, only three U18 athletes have thrown further in previous year. It is clear that the young athlete is looking forward to achieve international success. The U18 World Championships will take place in Donetsk (Ukraine) from 10th to 14th of July. “My goal is to participate at the U18 World Championships and to finish in the top three,” he explains.
Tony Zeuke knows his competiton and knows who could be dangerous to him. “There is a very good Australian, who also intends to throw 68m this year”, said Tony. The Australian, Matthey Denny, is also only 16 years old. As we have written couple of weeks ago he has increased his personal best to 67,28m this year. (Is Donetsk ready for Denny)
And then there is Henning Prüfer, las year’s best German U18 thrower with a personal best of 61.38m. In 2012 Henning won the U18 German National Championships in Mönchengladbach, Germany, in which Tony “only” placed third. In 2013 Tony turned it around and grabbed gold.
Tony is coached by Christian Sperling, the youth coach in throwing events of Chemnitz, Germany. Among his training squad is Philip Spindler, who placed 9th at the U18 World Championships in 2011. Also Maximilian Klaus is amoung Tony, he became 2nd at the German national championships in 2012.
What do you focus most on in your training sessions? “We must still improve the technique in all aspects. In the beginning I’m still slacking a bit. I need to improve my speed. And also my strength has to improve”, said Tony Zeuke. So we have a lot to do until Tony will achieve his goals. We will see what happens if he can improve until the summer.
The current IAAF ranking: HERE
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Bernhart