Once again Robert Harting was the King in the ring. Like the Diamond League meeting three days earlier in Rome, Italy Robert Harting defeated his eternal rival Piotr Malachowski. Harting won the competition with 68,47m (224′ 7″) which also meant to be a new season best. Piotr placed second with 67,07m (220′) and the Belgium youngstar Milanov became 3rd with a new national record of 66,02m (216′ 7″).
The start list of the FBK Games in Hengelo were quite impressive and everyone knew some big results will be in the list of results after the comp. Robert did not open very big and threw only 63,62m (208′ 8″) in the first round. But throughout the entire competition he increased his lead with all the following throws. His second attempt of 66,99m would have been enough to place second already. Only Piotr Malachowski was able to come close to Hartin. Piotr threw 67,07m (220′) and took the second spot on the podium. The Belgium youngstar Philip Milanov was the men of the day due to his new natioanl record of 66,02m (216′ 7″). He proofed that the Belgiums cannot only run 400m (Borleé brothers).
A year ago, Piotr Malachowski defeated the German triple World Champion in the same place and also recently in Halle, Germany. But today he was not a real threat to Robert. Robert would have won the competition with three out of his 5 legit results.
Just won EAA meet in Hengelo!!! The 68,47m (224′ 7″) was the exact distance I threw at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona, Spain at which I lost against Piotr. The wind has blow from the front today, so these were some difficult conditions to throw in. But the meeting compensates for that. The crowd was impressive and supported all the throwers to throw some big distances.
Yennifer Frank Casanas placed fourth with a season best of 64,68m (212′ 2″), closely followed by the Indian Vikas Gowda who threw 64,47m (211′ 6″). The remaining throwers in the comp were: Benn Harradine 64.38m (211′ 2″), Robert Urbanek 64.30m (210′ 11″), Viktor Butenko 63.17m (207′ 3″), Daniel Jasinski 62.42m (204′ 9″), Victor Hogan 61.49m (201′ 8″), Erik cadee 61.33m (201’t 2″) and Christoph Harting 59.34m (194′ 8″).
I’ve lost a long time friend during the warm up throws. My beloved discus broke into three parts, said Christoph sadly… As you have seen, I have still some difficulties with my change in technique which I hope to solve very soon.
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