Martin Wierig surprises the discus world! Today the biggest indoor competition in the world took place in the O2 World in Berlin, Germany. The meeting was organised by ISTAF, which most track & field fans know from the outdoor competition in the Olympic Stadium in Berlin. 11,000+ spectators viewed this amazing event and supported the athletes very well. There were two throwing events on the schedule. The shot put went 1st, with some impressive results from everyone’s favorite German, David Storl.
Wierig, who beat Piotr Malachowski and Robert Harting for the first time last year, repeated it tonight. Martin was very consistent throughout the entire competition. He opened with a foul but connected in the 2nd round with a throw of 63,45m. Only Malachowski came close with his 4th round 63,72m. But Martin did not stop to produce impressive results. He improved even further during the 3rd round to 64,82m. Another throw of 63,72m underlined his very impressive performance.
Before the competition everyone would have thought the fight over the first place would be between Malchowski and R’Harting. Martin won the competition with the Polish Bear 2nd with his 4th round throw. Then Harting placed 3rd which would have been a “loss” for den HARTING but, it was not even Robert Harting who placed third, but the second Polish discus thrower Robert Urbanek. He mananged to throw 62,27m which brings him ahead of R’Harting by only 7cm.
It was not the competition of R’Harting. He opened with a foul, then 62,05m, and could not improve by a lot during the following attempts. His 4th attempt of 62,20m was his best one of the day. He cannot be satisfied but he explains it briefly:
It was a great competition, even though I placed only fourth. My goal was a bit different but congratulations to Martin Wierig. As I already said before the competition I did not train especially for this event. My focus is on the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland. I’ll be back in the summer!
ISTAF Indoor Discus Event:
Christoph Harting 60,89m, x, 59,23m, 60m, 60,90m, x
Erik Cadee 59,75m, x, x, 57,32m, 57m, 59,15m
Robert Urbanek 61,86mm, x, 62,27m, x, x, x
Martin Wierig x, 63,45m, 64,82m, 63,72m, x, x,
Piotr Malchowski 59,89m, 60,79m, 61,24m, 63,73m, 62,11m, 62,22
Robert Harting x, 62,05m, 61,93m, 62,20m, 60,19m, x
David Storl tossed the 7.26kg ball once again over the 21m (68′ 10″) mark. Today’s goal was to break his season best but it seems that he has to wait until the 2014 Indoor World Championships in Sopot, Poland next weekend.
David openend the competition with 21,20m (69′ 6″)and did not manage to improve any further. He was not able to do a second valid throw during the fith following rounds. The Bulgarian shot putter Georgi Ivanov placed second with 20,40m (66′ 11″) and the Czech shot putter Tomas Stanek third with 20.33m (66′ 8″).
Is he ready to compete against the strong americans? Such as Ryan Whiting who tossed already the ball over 22m?
The complete results: