The 2014 European Championships women’s discus event was only a fight for silver and bronze. The first spot was kinda set even before the competition has started. The Croatian Sandra Perkovic has set a world leading throw of 70,52m which no one has thrown the past 22 years. Hence, one could have guessed that she would not be beaten during the European Championships. Perkovic won the competition with another impressive throw of 71,08m, followed by Melina Robert-Michon and Shanice Craft.
The competition was quite impressive but only for the fight for the silver and bronze medal. The battle for silver was fought between Shanice Craft and Melina Robert-Michon. Both of them were improving throughout the competition and exchanging the “seat” for the silver medal each time.
While Shanice and Melina Robert-Michon were fighting for the silver medal also two more Germans were trying to get a glance on silver or bronze. Anna Rüh and Julia Fischer were both capable of throwing as far as Shanice and Melina.
Sandra Perkovic opened the competition with an easy throw of 64,58m which would not have been enough to take home gold. But as we all know this was just the beginning of a great competition by Sandra. Shanice Craft and Anna Rüh both threw over 62m during their first attempt to underline their desire to get in the medals. Germany has more than Shanice and Anna as irons in the fire. Also Julia Fischer would be someone capable of throwing quite far. Her seasons best is over 66m and if she would be able to throw this at the competition it would probably mean a medal. But during her first attempt she struggled and was not even able to hit the 60m line.
The second round was promising for improvements. Sandra Perkovic increased her massive lead to 67,37m which is already out of reach for all others in the competition. Hence, gold was quite sure to got to Croatia. Therefore, the battle for the remaining medals began. Shanice Craft followed Sandra with a massive improvement to 64,33m to secure currently the second spot on the podium. The French discus thrower Melina Robert-Michon also followed with a massive improvement to 62,96m to take the third place. Julia Fischer managed to throw 61m to make sure she will have three more throws for sure to show her great shape.
The third round was once again the one of Sandra Perkovic. She improved even further to 68,78m and underlined that she is just trying to beat herself. No one else was improving during the third round. During the fourth round there was a change in positions on the podium. Melina Robert-Michon lifted her 1kg implement to 65,33m and Shanice Craft was not able to match that with her fourth attempt. She throw once again over the 64m mark but still not enough to get back in the second place.
The fifth round will be remembered for a long time! Sandra Perkovic threw a new world lead. She smashed her previous national record with a massive throw of 71,08m. Quite unbelievable but sure as hell it went over the 70m mark. What a throw…. Congratulations to Sandra Perkovic from our side, Throwholics!
The battle for the medals seemed to be over since Julia Fischer, Anna Rüh and Shanice Craft did not improve during the fifth or last round. Hence the French Melina Robert-Michon takes home silver and Shanice Craft from Germany get the bronze medal.
Congratulations to everyone participated in that amazing competition. It was such a big one!
I wasn’t surprised as I came here prepared. I had so much travel beforehand, I was worried I’d get injured but it was great to throw over 71 meters. It’s a very far throw in this close stadium with no wind, I’m glad I got the gold medal. I think I can throw further, I have two competitions left in the IAAF Diamond League in Stockholm and then back here again in Zurich – I like it here and I hope to get the stadium record of 70.30m at the Weltklasse meeting later this month. I will also do the IAAF Continental Cup. I was going for my third European gold here – the conditions were sunny and I used the weather to my advantage. Every round was good so who knows for the next European Championships in Amsterdam in two years’ time. The world lead and national record is perfect for me – now I will see if I have something further in me for the rest of the season.
I am very, very satisfied. The competition was a little bit difficult for me. As last year was not very successful for me I put quite a bit of pressure on myself. I managed to achieve what I wanted – a medal. So, this is much better than last year. The experience from bad championships helped me a lot. I started my competition badly with 55m. I did not get into the competition easily. But I always knew that I was able to attack for a medal.
I still cannot seize it, I cannot put it into words, I am speechless. I was dreaming of a medal and now I got it. I looked confident during the competition, yes, you have to be confident in the ring and show your opponents what you are capable of. How happy I am from 1 to 10? I would say 10.000!! I wanted to attack on my sixth attempt because only one meter was between me and the silver medal, but it did not work. But these are my first European Championships and hey, I still have my career in front of me, many years to come. Perkovic? I told her after the competition “Really phat, you did 71m at European Championships. Let’s see where you are heading to.” My family is in the stadium. I wanted to show them how things are going here at championships. They support me so much, after training, when I am tired etc. So I really wanted them to come here and see. Party? Yes, I will see, I will take potluck.