Today’s women’s shot put event was an example of the German dominance in the shot put event. Christina Schwanitz was once again on top of the European shot put women. She blasted the shot to 19,90m and won obviously gold with it. Two more women tossed the 4kg ball over the 19m mark. The Russian Yevgeniya Kolodko takes silver with her best effort of 19,39m. The third place and bronze goes to the Hungarian shot putter Anita Marton with her best toss of 19,04m.
Based on the season bests it was quite clear that the gold medal would go to Germany as already in the men’s shot put event. The squad colleague of David Storl, Christina Schwanitz, tossed the 4kg ball already 20,22m back in May. Hence, the battle for the gold medal was over before the event even started. Silver and bronze on the other hand were quite open for the remaining field of strong women.
Christina Schwanitz opened the competition with a toss of 18,87m which meant the lead after the first round. No one came close to this distance until the third round. Yevgeniya Kolodko started off with 18,39m, improved during the second attempt to 18,46m and tossed the ball over the 19m mark in the third round. In order to get another three throws the women needed 17,71m.
Christina Schwanitz was battling herself to get the 4kg ball over the 20m mark. Her second attempt came quite close and was measured 19,90m. During her remaining attempts she was still trying to get the 20m mark but did not manage to do so. The remaining throws were 19,66m, 19,79m and 19,66m. Her consistency was quite impressive with all her throws. Only the first attempt would not have been enough to win the gold medal.
Anita Marton from Hungary was the third one going over the 19m mark. She tossed the 4kg implement during her fourth attempt to 19,04m. It is not only the bronze medal but also a new national record. Yevgeniya Kolodko still trying to get closer to Schwanitz with her last attempt but was short just a half a meter. Her last throw was measured 19,39m.
Flash Interviews: (will be added later)
I wanted to do a safe first attempt which I did with 18.87m. And then I wanted to see what was possible. I could have won with four of my attempts – how cool is this? I was half a metre ahead of my competitors! During the competition I do not pay attention to my competitors. I am very satisfied with this competition. A great result my winning throw of 19.90m. I train with David Storl and I guess our coach just knows everything about shot put. After this final I am really relieved now. I am looking forward to the medal ceremony even though I know it will be very emotional for me.
Medal is a medal. That counts. Honestly, I did not expect that the gold will go for a throw under 20m. The first attempts were not far enough so I was pushing it till the end. I was well prepared and I knew I was ready for a medal. It is a season best so it is a good achievement because I had to fight with my technique at the beginning of the season. But now, I want to fight for the gold in Beijing. My next start is planned in France now and I will think about the Continental Cup.
It was very good. In qualifying on Friday, the weather was horrible but today it was very nice. I threw a personal best twice in this competition and five times, I threw over 18 meters so this was ok for me. I really hoped to break the very old Hungarian record soon and I believed I could do it today. I expected a medal a little, I hoped if I threw 19 meters, I would take the bronze. I was just 5cm off the silver medal position so I hope to take the silver next time. 19 meters is a very big world for me as I’m a small woman but I hope to throw 20 meters one day. The Zurich people and their stadium are very nice.