The French thrower Melina Robert-Michon won the women’s discus event at the European Athletics Team Championships with a throw of 65,51m (SB). Shanice Craft added 11 points to the German team with her first round throw of 65,07m and the Russian Yekaterina Strokova placed third with 63,97m.
Throwholics mentioned earlier that the German discus star Nadine Müller will not be competing due to her knee problems. The youngstar Shanice Craft took over brilliantly. Shanice opened big with another throw over the 65m line. She is getting very consistent and is underlining her request for a ticket for the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland later this year. Her first attempt was measured 65,07m which was enough to take the lead after the first round.
During the second round the French thrower Melina Robert-Michon improved to a new season best of 65,51m and took over the lead. Shanice was once again getting close to the 65m line with a throw of 64,54m. The Russian Yekaterina Strokova improved her first round with a throw which was measured 62,87m.
The third round did not change any places on the podium due to some weaker throws by most of the competitiors. Only Zaneta Glanc from Poland improved during the third round with a throw just above the 60m line. Her throw was measured 60,18m which meant the fourth place in the competition.
The last round was promising since only the best four were allowed to throw another time. Glanc did not improve with her last attempt but the Russian did. She threw 63,97m which was still not enough to take on Craft or the Michon. After Craft’s last attempt which was measured 62,56m it was clear that Robert-Michon won the competition with her best attempt of 65,51m. Her last throw landed after 63,65m.
I am very happy and satisfied. I wanted to improve my SB and this is what I did. I did not start very well because the disc went into the cage at the first attempt. So when I saw the result of Shanice this gave me a lot of adrenaline which was good. I knew that I could not allow myself to get only 11 points for the team. The wind – well, everybody had the same conditions.