The men’s discus competition at the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland was not as expected at all. Sure, one would have guessed that the German star Robert Harting would bring home gold (66,02m). But the current leader in the top list, Piotr Malachowski, did not get a medal which was a surprise for everyone. The Estonian Gerd Kanter took silver with 64,75m and Malachowski’s compatriot, Robert Urbanek placed third with 63,81m.
The men’s discus competition did not go as planned for anyone in the field. The results were poor and one would have expected more while reading the start list. Nevertheless, one has to take into account what kind of conditions the throwers had to deal with. First of all the competition had a delay by almost an hour due to other events such as the decathlon for example. The delay was not the only thing which might be a reason for the poor results. The weather was not playing nice with the throwers either. It was raining throughout the entire competition and therefore, the circle was very slippery. In addition, due to the rainy weather the hands and fingers were wet and hence, the discus was very slippery in the hand as well.
So the throwers had to deal with shitty conditions at a major competition. Some of them dealt with it better than others. The series of throws among all throwers were not that good at all. In order to get into the final three rounds the throwers had to throw 61,47m. Once compared that result with the European Top 10 list one did not expect that. The German Martin Wierig who was one of the contender for a medal did not make the final three rounds. He ended up throwing 60,82m which was shocking for him. He definitely came to Zurich with more expectations. But he is still quite young and has plenty of time to shine in the future.
It is quite interesting to see which countries send throwers to the final three rounds. There were two Spanish, two Polish, two German, one Russian and one Estonian thrower in the field. The best fight one would have expected would be fought between the German and Polish throwers. It resembles the fight in the men’s shot put field between the German David Storl and the Polish Tomasz Majewski.
The current two best throwers in the world Robert Harting and Piotr Malachowski were the ones going for the gold medal. But it turned out to be different for Piotr. Harting opened “big” with 63,94m and was leading the field until Gerd Kanter improved his throw during the third attempt. His throw was measured 64,75m which turned out to be enough to grab the silver medal. Harting did answer directly, also in the third round, with a massive throw (due to the conditions) of 66,02m. After that nothing really happened anymore. Robert Urbanek mananged to throw 63,81m which put him 30cm ahead of his compatriot Malachowski.
Every competition is different and every medal you win is different. I guess they announced us 6 or 7 different times for the start of the final when we were in the call room. This is how you lose your tension and your rhythm. Moreover, I fell down during my warm-up. 66m might sound cheap , but it is definitely not. I think I am getting a little bit more mature because I did not tear my vest today. No, not because of this guy who threatened to sue me, no. It is because of my granny who did not like the tearing of the vest, she thought is was not great. So, she promised me some extra delicious sausages from Thuringia (Thüringer Knacker) where she lives. She bribed me with them and cooked them for me before I came here. I will have a party at the German House tonight, yes, why not with Cindy Roleder. Let’s see how many people can get in.
I’m happy with my medal but it was a very strange competition, we were not expecting such poor results from the whole field. Before, I thought the distance that got the gold medal today would have just been enough for the bronze. It’s very strange but it was because of the rain and wind delay. Of course, though I am happy to finish second as that was my goal here. The distance result I am not happy with as I am in my best shape. I next hope to win the IAAF Diamond League final in Brussels and then I will be motivated to beat (Robert) Harting (the winner) in the IAAF Continental Cup – he is the king of the discus.
I’m very happy with my medal – the competition was very tough because of the rain so the circle was very slippery. We also waited a long time in the call room because of the long delay, which was not good. I’m disappointed with the distance I threw, I hoped for much further but I’m pretty happy with third – it’s a gerat success for me.