About a week ago the IAAF Continental Cup 2014 took place in Marrakech, Morocco. The results are already out there so we keep it brief. But more important Throwholics asked the throwers how they felt about the competition and their opinion about it. We waited about a week to get a decent number of replies which explains the delay ;)
The throwing world experienced quite a few surprises at the IAAF Continental Cup 2014. Two of the “set in stone” expectations were not met. Especially for the women throwing events such as the discus throw and the shot put. Both “Queens” did not place on top of the podium in the end. The Croatian discus thrower Sandra Perkovic did no win the competition as one would have expected earlier. Throughout the entire season no one came even close to beat Sandra Perkovic but this time it seemed to be different. The same goes for Valerie Adams. She did not loose one competition so far but today was different. She had problems with her elbow and could not compete/face the other athletes.
Sandra Perkovic did not came even close to her season best of 71m. She managed to throw “only” 62m which was not surprisingly only enough to place third among the great field of throwers. The American Gia Lewis-Smallwood, who recently smashed her own personal best to 69,17m, won the competition with 64,55m followed by the Australian Dani Samuels by only a few centimeters (64,39m). Melina Robert Michon, who placed second at the recent European Championships, took the “unlucky” fourth place with an effort of 61,89m. So even Melina was only a few centimeters short of Sandra Perkovic’s best result of 62,08m.
For the women’s shot put the “clash” would have been gigantic between the Kiwi Valerie Adams and the German Christina Schwanitz. But sadly Valerie was not able to compete due to some elbow issues. Throwholics really hopes she will get better soon and that she will be back next year, fit as ever. So in absence of the shot put queen Adams, the fight for the first place on the podium was still quite entertaining and interesting to watch. The American Michelle Carter tossed the ball 19,84m which was not only a new season best but also the safe heaven shot for the second spot on the podium. The rest of the field was too far away to get into the battle for the winning throw. It was once again Christina Schwanitz who tossed the 4kg implement over the 20m. Carter did not get any further than her second attempt but still underlined her great shape with two more throws over the 19m line. The Chinese Lijao Gong became third with 19,23m.
More or less all other throwing events did not bring that huge suprises but of course were all interesting to watch! For example the mens hammer throwing event was won by Kristian Pars with a toss just a m short of the 80m mark. A little surprise was it that the Egyptian thrower Mostafa Elgamel placed in second. Even though that Elgamel does have a season best of 81m one would not have expected him to beat Pawel Fajdek who tossed the hammer over 83m in late August. But it seems the conditions were not the best for hammer throwing. Pars, as already said, won the competition with 78,99m, followed by Elgamel 78,89m and Fajdek 78,05m.
David Storl won the men’s shot put with a toss of 21,55m and collected 8 points for Germany. He was followed by the Jamaican ODayne Richards 21,10m and Joe Kovacs 20,87m. The Kiwi Tom Walsh did not manage to toss the ball far enough to get onto the podium. Throwholics has his comment below the article.
In absence of a lot of great discus throwers such as Robert Harting and Piotr Malachowski the way was clear for the Estonian Gerd Kanter to shine. Gerd won the competition with 64,46m, followed by Jorge Fernandez 62,97m and the Jason Dadz Morgan 62,70m. Jason was to kind and also left a comment for us which you can find below the article.
The women’s hammer event was kinda settled before it has even started. The new world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk won the competition with another massive toss of 75,21m. Neither Kathrin Klaas, Joanna Fiodorow nor Betty Heidler were competing at the IAAF Continental Cup and therefore the remaining spots for the podium were pretty open to settle. But one should not leave out the fact that also the American Amanda Bingson already threw the hammer 75m which would have been close to challenge Anita. In the end Bingson took the second spot on the podium with 72,38m just followed by the Slovakian thrower Martina Hrasnova who has a huge personal best of 76,90m from 2009. She managed to throw the hammer 70,47m.
One can say this was the year for Barbora Spotakova. After her baby break last year she came back stronger than ever. She won the European Championships about a month ago. Furthermore, she was the one who placed first at the 2014 IAAF Continental Cup. She threw the javelin 65,52m and puts a 2m gap between her and the second place. The South African Sunette Viljoen took the second spot with her effort of 63,76m. The third spot was surprisingly won by the Canadian Elizabeth Gleadle with a throw of 61,38m. Kimberley Mickle and Linda Stahl did not manage to throw far enough to get on the podium as one would have expected them to do.
The Egyptian javelin thrower Ihab Abdelrahman El Sayed who has a personal best of impressive 89m won the competition with an effort of 85,44m. This throw was enough to secure the first spot on the podium. The Czech thrower Vitezslav Vesely was short by two meters to get into second place. His throw was measured 83,77m. No one less as the Olympic Champion Keshorn Walcott took the third place on the podium with 83,52m.
Hey Norm. Yeah I felt good on the day, knew I could throw further..but I missed another chance. I got sick at the African champs so dropped to much weight in that little time..so had to work hard after that. But I enjoyed it…was so close to 2nd place. But thaats the way it is. I work in 4’s….i was 8th in Split 2010, now 4th and 2018 I’ll take 1st place hahaha
Jason Dadz Morgan:
Hey my friend Norm. I am honored man.
I really have to thank God, it’s really been a great year, things are coming together and being here at the Continental Cup is a boost to me, and it tells me that I need to keep going and stay on the positive path that I have been on and do good things to inspire myself and others. So motivated myself after winning also won a bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games a few weeks ago in Glasgow Scotland.
Everything has gone above my expectation because Commonwealth was, as you know, supposed to be my last meet ever. Because i still struggle financially with not so much support. but i hope things changed and some assistance will come in and turned around. My positivity has kept me going, so I’m just taking it a step at a time to see what the future holds for me.
I really appreciate my family, friends and fans. They are Timeless. Greater things in store. I will shock the throwing world next year. I will train harder and smarter.
I think the idea is good mate but Marrakech may have been the wrong place for it because no one there seemed to turn up to watch it at the stadium. I think Aussie or NZ would really get behind it if IAAF gave them a shot!
Lol I don’t know what to say but it was fun to partner up with an amazing thrower and world’s leader Joe Kovacs as well as to see African throws stepping up. Frank got it seems like a new pb 19.72.
It was all out fun
Right…. so it has now been roughly 48 hours since the World Cup disaster, with my numb right hand/elbow/forearm saga and withdrawal from competition. This was hard to swallow as I have never, not fulfilled my duties as an athlete ever. It is what it is and I have accepted that it has happened and it is time to look forward. I have cried this out and that helped lol, and pain is ongoing constantly but I will be home next week to see my team and make a plan. A rough year but this will only make this Tongan stronger and note to self….don’t visit doc in Marrakech lol….. So voila, this is where I am at, season is done and I am on my way to see my grandma in the US as she is ill and tbh this completely put everything in perspective big time. Please pray for my nana and I will see you NZ next week maybe. God bless and thanks again for your continued love and support. Peace out from the Zurich Airport my other home lol #TeamADAMS #RestTime
It was a great experience. I enjoy contributing to a team, it gives you a little more to push for.
Overall I am happy with the placing but not as much on the distance even though it is my second furthest mark overseas. This meet was a little less than prepared. The day before the comp we were informed that there were no hammers for us to throw so we were all kinda freaking out. Later we found out that we would be throwing “cheap hammers” so we were all a bit upset that an IAAF meet would be throwing essentially training hammers for this meet. But it was the same for everyone so we just had to look pass it and try our best.
Since you asked!
I obviously didn’t do what I would have liked to from a results standpoint in Marrakech. I came away from the experience with even more respect for the women I regularly compete against and even more gratitude for the unique position I’m in to travel the world and be inspired by them and the rest of my competitors. I’m looking forward to the next two years leading into Rio, with this awesome building year as my foundation.