Markus Münch is one of the top discus throwers in Germany. In the past couple of years he represented Germany at international championships such as the Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships. Nevertheless, this year was different. Germany is well known for its great variety of discus throwers. Every country has three spots per event to be filled. Unfortunately, there are more than three throwers who usually pass the qualification norm. The first two spots were set and it seems this will not change for quite some time. Obviously, Robert Harting the current Olympic Champion, World and European Champion is set as number one. The next in line is Martin Wierig who’s personal best is over 68m and who beat Robert Harting already. Hence, all remaining great German throwers have to fight for the third spot in the team.
This year the European Championships were planned in Zurich, Switzerland. The battle for the third spot in the national team was fought between Markus Münch, Daniel Jasinski and Christoph Harting. All of them are great throwers with great futures ahead of them. The 2014 German top list has listed Daniel Jasinski 65,98m as the first of the great trio and hence, he was the one who went to the European Championships. Markus Münch (64,54m) and Christoph Harting (63,78m) will have another chance to battle for the third spot for the World Championships next year.
Since Markus Münch did not make the team he thought about what else to do. So he decided to go to Brasil and compete over there. The World Challenge meeting was scheduled for the 10th of August in Belem, Brasil. On Facebook he announced:
The European Championships will go on without me! But I still hope to show my good shape in the upcoming competitions.
The 2016 Olympic Games are held in Rio de Janeiro and hence, why not take the opportunity of the World Challenge to make some experience with the different weather situation over there. Jason Morgan, Jared Schuurmans, Jason Young and Ronald Juliao would be there also.
Despite the fact that Markus Münch has traveled for 27 hours to get to Belem, Brasil he was still stoked to compete at the World Challenge meeting. Markus Münch ended up with the 2nd place which was the most important thing. The distance thrown by Markus (59,00m) was not that great but the weather conditions were not the best he argued.
It stormed from behind left, we had 35 degrees in the shade in the stadium and the ring became worse after each throw.
Mauricio Ortega from Columbia won the competition with 59,75m. Despite all of that Markus is still excited about the next two year and what might come up. He really wants to improve and be one of the top three throwers of Germany who will participate at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.