The Harting-brothers both make headlines in the World Championship year: Discus Olympic champion Robert fights after his cruciate ligament surgery in order to connect; his younger brother Christop could soon surpass Robert. His philosophy of life: the desire to throw 80m (262′ 5″).
“I think we should dream of greater things. And when I say, I want to throw 80m (262′ 5″), that is to a philosophy of life, but on the other hand my thoroughly honest attitude,” said discus thrower Christoph Harting to the Deutsche Presse-Agentur on Wednesday. The current world leader of the World Championship season, Christoph Harting, want to achieve big goals with small steps. But 80m? The five and a half years younger brother of Olympic, World and European champion Robert Harting firmly believes. Even his coach Torsten Schmidt holds such a century-throw quite possible.
Last weekend Christoph Harting improved his positition in the German all time top list with 67.93 meters to the 8. place. None of the other throwers worldwide have thrown the 2kg implement further this year. “Big Brother” Robert stood next to the discus circle at the Halplus Werfertage in Halle Germany and applauded. Since November 2013, the strong brothers train with Thorsten Schmidt in a training group of the SCC Berlin.
Second World Championships and respect for Robert
This year, Christoph Harting aims for his second world championships and – “if it is the time” – breaking the 70m mark. “But that is a matter of mind. If you train for 80m and 75m is the outcome, all right.” And for distances beyond 70 meters, “a few more factors are involved than just practice, with 30 throws each session,” said the 25-year-old.
Is “little” brother suitable?! The 120kg bodyweight of Christopher Harting spread over 2.07 meters – that is is six centimeters taller than his older brother Robert. But Robert has already thrown 2.73 meters further, arouses more the ambition of the federal police officer Christoph. Already at the World Championships in Beijing (China, August 22 to 30) the younger Harting could finally emerge from the shadow of three-time world champion, who is currently after cruciate ligament surgery and rehabilitation in rehabilitation training.
Christoph Harting has the “greatest respect in the world” for the achievements of Robert and is really proud of him. “I have a great respect for what he has achieved,” says the winner of Wiesnbaden and Halle. “Olympic champion – that’s not 08/15 . Not everyone is able to do that. This is of course ‘ne house number…”
Motivation from unrealistic goals
The younger brother wants to achieve it as well. For Christoph titles and medals are less important. He wants to go out of the ring with a good feeling. “I never wanted to be successful. I just wanted to be better,” said Christoph. Motivation is for him, “not only to win but to outclass the other”. So it’s the 75 meters, even the 80 meters? Already the world record of 74.08 meters is still far away: the national coach Jürgen Schult holds the record for almost 29 years.
“Although the 80m sound unrealistic – it’s a thought, sitting in Christoph’s head,” says his coach. “But from this he also draws motivation.” Torsten Schmidt was once a good discus thrower too. “70 meters are a partial goal and not the fulfillment of all dreams,” he said. “As the saying goes? You have to do the impossible in order to create what is possible.”
Whether 2015 World Championships in Beijing or the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. All throwers will probably be competing against the “double Harting”. Eventuelly, says Christoph Harting, he wants to “throw as far as possible and that no one else will ever be able to reach it. Hence, the 80m throw.
Source: Leichtathletik.de by. Pamela Ruprecht