Discus gold medalist Robert Harting wants a restart on world records in the throwing events. In a German sports magazine he suggests to change the weight of the throwing implements at little bit.
Everyone knows Robert Harting thinks out of the box, does not mince his words and the German athlete of the year is also listen to in public. In an interview in the sport magazine “Bild” Robert Harting is in favor of a restart of the throwing disciplines in terms of records.
The weights of the competition equipment should be increased by one gram. The old world records can be frozen. So no one have to chase the shadow of the old times,” said the Olympic Champion while having the inaccessible world records in mind which are set “from another time”.
Which sport was more effective and better 20-25 years ago compared with today. Why is no one able to come close to the world records?
Harting has the opinion that the combination of the changed weights will boost athletics. “New world records would also improve the marketing opportunities”, said Robert.
The spear has been revised
These thoughts by Harting are conceiveable while having the change of the weight in javelin event in mind. The men’s javelin was changed in 1986 due to the massive throws by Uwe Hohn. He was the one who threw the javelin over 104m, across an entire football/soccer field. The center of gravity was shifted so that no throws over 100m were possible anymore. The lawn area of a normal stadium would not be enough to measure the throw properly. And the safety of other athletes were also taken in consideration while changing the javelin.
For women, the center of the gravity was shifted couple of years later. Petra Felke threw the world record of 80m with the “old” javelin and due to that the center of gravity was shifted in 1999 as well. It was also important that with the new center of gravity the landing and by thus the measuring of the javelin throw was more precise due to clear footprints. The new javelin got stuck in the grass very well. The current world record for the women is set by the Czech javelin queen Babora Spotakova, who threw the implement 72,28m at the World Final in Stuttgart in 2008.
The current throwing world records are:
Discus 74,08m Jürgen Schult 1986
Hammer 86,74m Yuriy Sedykh 1986
Shot Put 23,12m Randy Barnes 1990
Javelin 98,48m Jan Zelezny 1996
Discus 76,80m Gabriele Reinsch 1988
Hammer 79,58m Anita Wlodarczyk 2014
Shot Put 22,63m Natalya Lisovskaya 1987
Javelin 72,28m Barbora Spotakova 2008
Source: leichtathletik.de by Jan-Henner Reitze