The U18/U20 German Indoor Championships produced some world leading throws in Sindelfingen. The best result was the one of the Shot Put Star Patrick Müller. Last year he became the World Champion with a personal best of 22,02m in Donetsk, Ukraine. The time with the 5kg ball has passed and now he is trying to get a feeling for the 6kg shot. Today he improved his personal best and tossed the ball to 20,63m (WL) at the U20 German Indoor Championships.
Yesterday the competition started off with the male U18 Discus competiton. The younger brother (Clemens) of the Shot Put Vice World Champion Henning Prüfer, won the competition with an impressive mark of 59,33m. Merten Howe became second with 58,26m. For the early season this result is a good start. Clemens Prüfer’s coach Jörg Schulte said Clemens might be able to throw between 62m-65m by summer. This distance could mean that he will throw or even grab a medal at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China on 18th-28th of August 2014. More information about the Youth Olympic Games can be found here: http://www.nanjing2014.org/en/
In order to be able to throw at the Youth Olympic Games he needs a nomination for the continental cup at Baku, Azerbaijan. Only one athlete per nation is allowed to compete at the Youth Olympic Games.
U18 Shot Putter Anika Nehls, who placed fourth at the Youth World Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine last year, won the U20 Shot Put competition. She tossed the ball to 16,10m. She is still eligible to throw for the U18 age group and therefore also a great contendor for the 2nd Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing. “I’m just happy.I was really sick with excitement and I could hardly sleep”, said Anika after the competition.
Claudine Vita, who won the silver medal at the 2013 World Championships in Donetsk, Ukraine last year, won the U20 discus competition with a personal best of 54,31m. There was a gap between her and the second place by almost 10m. She also tossed the shot put the day earlier but was not very satisfied with it. Vita’s comment about the competition: “The fact that it worked not as good as hoped with the ball, I was even more motivated.” Even though she threw a new personal best she was not very pleased with the result. “During training sessions I already threw about 2m further I was hoping to throw that today during the competition as well”, said Vita.
Probably the competition with the best performances was the U20 Shot Put competition. Both he World Champion Patrick Müller and his rival the Vice World Champion Henning Prüfer competed and produced impressive results. Henning started off with 19,89m and lead the competition until the third round. Then Patrick took over and tossed the ball above the 20m mark. His throw was measured 20,21m. Henning tried everything to counter the 20m toss of Patrick but could not improve any further. During the fifth round Patrik on the other hand improved his third round throw with a massive toss of 20,63m. This mark is a new world lead and underlines his great condition.
“It has started differently than I wanted to,” concluded Patrick Müller. “I tried to stay within the circle without using full power. Hence the 20,21m was not the best I could do. After leading the competition I could go full power again and improved further to 20,63m”, said Patrick. “The only goal for today was to become the number one in the U20 world shot put list again.”
Another competition at which Henning Prüfer and Patrick Müller competed at was the U20 Discus competition. Nevertheless someone might have thought Henning Prüfer, who is also the Vice World Champion in Discus, would win the competition, it turned out differently. Tony Zeuke, the one who won last year already, threw the best mark during the competition.
For the first time over 60m. Tony Zeuke threw 60,08m and was very satisfied with the results. “That was exactly my goal,” he said. His training group partner Maximilian Klaus placed second with 56,51m and Patrick Müller third with 53,49m. The biggest rival of Tony Zeuke, Henning Prüfer, was not able to get a valid throw and therefore, could not attack the 60m mark of Tony.
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