There are some differences between the qualification at indoor and outdoor World Championships. Indoors are only eight throwers who go through to the final. Hence, the competition in general flows better. Another advantage for the eight throwers who make it to the final, is that they can throw with full risk since everyone is almost guaranteed 6 attempts.
The defending Indoor World Champion Ryan Whiting needed his first attempt clear the autoqualification line of 20,70m (67′ 11″). His first toss was measured 20,75m (68′ 1″) Thanks to the direct qualification Whiting could pack his stuff and leave to rest for the final in the evening.
The German Shot Put star David Storl made it a bit exciting
Storl‘s first attempt reached 20,61m (67′ 7″), 9cm short of the direct qualification standard. So to be sure he needed to stay and toss at least one more round. His second toss was way further than his first one but the officials raised the red flag, foul. With his third attempt he cleared the qualification standard and took the lead for the complete qualification. His last attempt was measured 21,24m (69′ 8″).
“Although my last attempt was far from optimal I do not worry about the final. I can go full risk due to the fact that everyone has 6 attempts. That’s why the final will be under a different spot light and we will see what will happen.”
“Two years ago in Istanbul, it was already very close, which it will be again this time in Sopot,” Storl predicts. “My training has gone quite well, I went through the winter without injury and I hope my hard work will show.”
His trainer said: “Storli should not get too impatient with the 22.00m; it will come all by itself.”
Besides Whiting and Storl, only Argentinian German Lauro automatically qualified for tonight’s final . He tossed the 7.26kg ball to 20,73m (68′ 0″).
The two-time Olympic Champion and local hero Tomasz Majewski continues to struggle with his form. His best toss was measured 20,60m which was supported by his home crowd. Not only Majewski had troubles with his technique. Also the American Roberts, who has thrown 21,50m (70′ 6″), which places him second on the 2014 world list, fouled his first two attempts. During his third toss he managed to throw 20,17m (66′ 2″) (10th), which was not enough to make it to the best eight.
Surprisingly the European Indoor Champion Kolasinac and Maksim Sidorov did not make it to the final. Kolasinac tossed the ball to 20,04m (65′ 9″)and Sidorov‘s throw was only 18,98m (62’ 3″).
Kurt Roberts tweeted:
“padding-left: 30px;”>”Didn’t want to chalk my first World Team up as a “learning experience” but that was def what it was. Proud to have represented my country! [sic]”
|1||David Storl||GER||21.24 Q|
|2||Ryan Whiting||USA||20.75 Q|
|3||Germán Lauro||ARG||20.73 Q|
|4||Tomasz Majewski||POL||20.60 q|
|5||Georgi Ivanov||BUL||20.45 q|
|6||Tomas Walsh||NZL||20.41 q|
|7||Orazio Cremona||RSA||20.28 q|
|8||Alexandr Lesnoi||RUS||20.26 q|
The complete results: