The men’s shot put competition at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich was settled before it even started. The German shot put star David Storl was the favorite to win the gold medal. Not only he produced the overall best results throughout the entire season but also everyone knew he is a fighter especially at the big competitions. David Storl won the competition with his 21,41m toss, followed by Viva 20,86m and Majewski 20,83m.
The entire season of David Storl seems to lead to a 22m toss at the main competition of the year. Unfortunately, Storl was no able to produce this massive toss due to some knee problems. Despite the fact that his goal was not only to win the gold medal but also to reach the 22m mark. He was not quite happy about the outcome of the competition. He accepted the role as a favorite because he knew if he can make one safety toss he would get the gold medal.
The first Hynme which was played at the European Championships in Zurich, was the German one. And that was the merit of David Storl. As the third German after Udo Beyer (1978 and 1982) and Hartmut Briesenick (1974 and 1970) he succeeded on Tuesday to defend the title in shot put. He is now the first European who simultaneously holds a World Championships and a European title in this discipline.
“The first attempt was really good for a start, to get into the competition and for a win. But then I lost my line and tried to attack by force,” said Storl, who became the fifth man to successfully defend a European title in the event.
Borjas Viva surprised
Behind David Storl it was surprising that the Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski did not make the silver medal. The Spanish sho putter Borjas Viva managed to toss the 7.26kg ball 3cm further than Majewski did. He won the silver medal with his 2nd round toss of 20,86m, followed by Majweski’s toss of 20,83m.
“At my age you have to be satisfied with bronze,” joked Tomasz Majewski. Whether Majewski will try to come back at the next European Championships or not Majewski left open. Amsterdam 2016 might be possible, Berlin 2018 no way! I will stop my career definitely after the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.”
As one can see David Storl is happy about his gold medal and will have no problems sleeping.
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The first attempt was really good for a start, to get into the competition and also for a win. But then I lost my line and tried to attack by force. But that’s when it got difficult. I lost my line completely and I am very upset about this and angry with myself. From the second attempt on I did many mistakes which I normally never do. So, yes, I am upset despite the gold medal because I am an athlete and therefore I always compare myself to my own performances. But of course I achieved my main aim which was to defend my title. But I also felt quite lonesome leading alone without anybody seriously attacking me. Now I will stay some more days in Zurich and enjoy the championships before I go home.
Of course, silver would be better. I would be more satisfied even if I know there are still a couple of things to improve. I am a bit disappointed now because the throws were not bad. But what we can do. I wanted to show off in better style but I could not feel it in the first attempts. It is hard to describe it because it is very small difference between a good and worse attempt. This is not the end of Tomasz Majewski, I will still work hard in the trainings.
I’m very surprised – I was fighting for the bronze medal and to get second, I’m happy and also it’s great to beat Tomasz (Majewski). I will now celebrate with friends and family who have come out here to support me.