Throwholics did a follow up interview with the Thomas Schmitt after his great performance. He improved his personal best by 2.28m to 21.35m (70′ 1/2″) as already mentioned in our latest article “Dream toss by Thomas Schmitt improving his PB by over 2m“
It seems to be the competition of your lifetime. Improving your lifetime best by 2,28m. Did you expect anything even remotely comparable based on your recent training results?
I expected to throw something around 20m. So my attempt of 19,94m was a great result for me. My throws in training did not show predict something like this would happen. It was a perfect put. I’ve had some real good throws in training but I am always much worse in training than in a competition.
What do you think is the reason behind your recent success/improvements?
During the winter I lost some weight and I gained speed and force. Also I got more mobility and today I put all this on the shot.
Who do you currently train with?
During the winter I trained with Sabrina Werrstein, but she moved to Leipzig, starting a job at the IAT. So the last three weeks I trained on my own, but Vom Tunesia had an eye on me during technical training.
Do you follow a technical model?
As far as I know I am following the technic from Brian Oldfield. My old trainer Edvard Harnes mentioned that, but I am not sure if this is true.
Brian Oldfield messaged us regarding on the Schmitt‘s comments.
“[Schmidt] looks more like [Jacko] Gill than me. He holds the shot under his chin and pushes/ shoves it while I catapult the missile.“
… and further commented on Facebook:
“To those of you shot putters who are going through what was a demon of mine. I learned to hold the shot under my chin and hop across the circle sideways and landing completely open and pushing it like a dart. This imprint stayed with me through my career annoying me and costing me distance.
I could throw really far as a kid being fascinated with throwing anything, rocks. coffee can lids, snowballs , plus sporting equipment. In warm-ups I threw like that kid and in competition
I resembled that dart thrower.
I began to examine these two different scenarios and concluded that I held the shot back farther and farther in warm-ups but in the competition the throw became a shove. I was a bench presser at first like most beginning lifters/ throwers in that it reinforced my shoving the shot as I was taught as a 10-year old.
I collected experiences in training that carried over into track as I was promised. I was introduced to Olympic lifting and my standing and lifting created for me a better sense of posture I even started to run faster because of the split style of lifting back then.. I could jump higher too , I was a high jumper in high school too and always took of the same foot as in grade scool…my left. I jerked with my left foot forward just like in jumping and throwing. The other thing was I was doing overhead lifts and the shot was going farther as it moved from under my chin to the side of my neck and eventually behind my ear . The hip action from pulls . the power position from front squats and my bench press was soon equal to my push jerk . I started on the rotation of my shoulders with a K-ball like weight that I could release. as I worked now on discus too. This sort of all came together out in the field were i was throwing from a vertical arch instead of the horizontal one in discus. I could make the weight orbit my shoulder girdle a couple times step through the 3rd orbit and catapult the weight farther and farther. I used heavier weights and my comfort grew as to useing the catapult power I found in my legs and this new gyrotational release.. I already shoved the shot 75′ creating what I think of as a wall for shover’s I know the shot can fly 10 feet farther if catapulted over that wall.”
What is your big goal for 2015?
My goal for 2015 was to attend the Universiade meet in Gwangju. But now I will try to make the World Championship team.
Are you planning to compete at the World Championships in Beijing, China?
I am not planning with the World Championships in Beijing. It would be great if I can go there but I need to confirm my result from Saturday and this won’t be easy.
Will you be competing outside of Germany?
‘Til now there are no plans for this. But now I could imagine the opportunity. This is depending on my schedule, because I need to start writing my master thesis.
Do you do any coaching?
No I don’t, but I try to calm my self down before going to a competition.
How does this throw affect your goals?
My goal for this year was to get a 20m throw and join the “Universiade“. Now I will try to establish my results around 20m and hopefully get to the World Championships.
Do you expect to throw over 21m regularly?
No, I don’t. My training showed that I could throw somewhere around 20 m. So I am very impressed by myself.
How have your strength levels changed?
There was no big change in my maximum lifts in the last year. I mostly gained explosive strength.
What is your height and weight?
2,02 m and 140 kg (but I will reduce it about another 10 – 15 kg)
What technique changes have you made?
Actually I have a slower beginning than before, so I have more control over my movements.
Where do you train?
I use the grounds from the “Deutsche Sporthochschule” and a gym next to the university and one in village named “Sindorf”.
Who is your coach?
Actually, I have no coach. After Edvard Harnes and Sabrina Werrstein I am searching for a new technic trainer. Rudolf Bell from Buir gives me lessons in general training aspects.
Who do you train with?
I am training with Souhir Daoudi, a women from Tunesia, who gives me some advise.
Have you changed what food you eat?
Nowadays I am eating less sweets and more vegetables. Also I am eating more protein for my muscles.
Is there a national committee or staff member that takes care of your throwing needs? Travel, implements, meet entry, medical care… etc?
My club (LT DSHS Köln) bought me some throwing shoes and if needed a new shot.
Who are your sponsors?
My sponsors are my parents for now.