The European Athletics Team Championships were promising throughout all of the throwing events. The German world record holder Betty Heidler won the competition with 74,63m, followed by Joanna Fiodorow 72,23m and Anna Bulgakova 71,83m.
Betty Heidler would have won the competition with almost every valid throw. She opened the competition with an easy throw of 72,22m. The Polish thrower Joanna Fiodorow blasted her first attempt to 71,89m which would have been enough to take the second spot on the podium.
During the second round Betty increased her lead with a toss of 73,80m. Today’s best attempt of Fiodorow was the second one. She threw 72,23m which secured her the second spot on the podium. The Russian Anna Bulgakova was not able to beat Fiodorow with her last attempt of 71,83m.
The third attempt of Heidler increased the gap between her and the second place to 2m. Her best throw was measured 74,63m which is definitely in need of improvement for the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland later this year. She did not improve any further with her last attempt. She finished the competition with another throw closely to the 74m.
I made the fourth twelve-points for my team, this is very good. I reached my aim, so this is perfect. I really enjoyed this competition. It is really strange because on the one hand we have this home advantage with its pressure and on the other we also would like to enjoy the atmosphere and make 12 points. I guess one cannot perform badly here today with this audience. This was overwhelming! Even much better than yesterday! The German team has gotten a lot younger in the last years. Yes, I have an eye on Zurich, of course. But first I focus on some other competitions – Schoeneberg and the German championships. In Zurich I really want a medal but I am not fixed on a certain colour. Yes, it is ok for me that people see me as the favorite for the European championships, I am training a lot and I just deserve this.