During a bittersweet day for throwing fans, one man’s big throws were beaten by one throw in Hengelo. Sweet, in that the mighty Pole Piotr Malachowski rode the winds to a glorious PB and world leading throw of 71,84m (235′ 8″). Bitter, in that fan favorite and overall great guy Robert Harting’s win streak came to an end.
Almost everyone fouled the opening throw in Hengelo, Netherlands. The Polish discus thrower Robert Urbanek opened with 63,56m (208′ 6″) and Malachowski threw 65,53m (214′ 11″). It was once again Robert Harting who opened pretty big. He threw a massive 69,36m (227′ 6″) which was already very close to Virgilijus Alekna’s meeting record 69,75m (228′ 10″) from 2005.
Piotr and Robert both fouled their next attempts but it still was only a battle between them for the win. Nobody came nearly close to those big guys. The 3rd place was the one which the rest of the discus throwers were fighting about. Robert Urbanek made the podium with 64,89m (212′ 10″) and Erik Cadée failed to beat him by only a few centimeters. Erik’s best throw was measured 64,48m (211′ 6″).
During the 4th round Piotr Malachowski improved to 67,73m (222′ 2″) but still not even close to Robert Harting’s first round throw. Harting could not improve during his fourth round but still managed to throw a good 68,16m (223′ 7″).
The 5th round was the best one. Malachowski smashed his previous personal best of 69,83m (229′ 1″) by 2m (6′ 6″) with a 71,84m (235′ 8″). The Pole smashed not only his PB, he also cracked the Polish national record and the previous meeting record of 69,75m (228′ 10″) held by Lithuanian legend Virgilijus Alekna. Additionally, this was the 5th furthest throw ever! Only the world record 74,08m (243′ 0″) by Jürgen Schult, Virgilijus Alekna’s 73,88m (242′ 4″), Gerd Kanter’s 73,38m (240′ 8″) and Yuriy Dumchev’s 71,86m (235′ 9″) are sit ahead of him on the all-time list.
Harting tried to answer Piotr’s massive throw by almost hitting the 70m mark. His throw was also over the previous meeting record and improved his season best to 69,91m (229′ 4″). But this was still almost 2m short of Malachowski’s timeless fling. Since both of them fouled their last attempts Robert’s winning streak ended. Now he has to start from scratch again.
Throwholics sends congratulations to Piotr! … and regrets to Rutger Smith. We all know the recently injured Dutchman would have loved to match throws with the foreign invaders.
The complete results: HERE
Two weeks ago Throwholics wrote an article about the petition to “Stop the Destruction–Save a T&F Stadium!“. The thing is it seems that soccer takes over athletics. Especially after today’s crazy competition the world should understand that we all need to support the petition and save the FBK Games. Here is the link to the petition.