David Storl is coming back to the biggest throwing festival in the world, HALPLUS WERFERTAGE. But first he will be competing at the IAAF Diamong League meeting and Doha from which he catches a plan right after back to Germany, only to show a promising shot put event.
The two-time world champion (2011 and 2013) and the Olympic silver medlaist is in Halle among a strong field of shot putters of which two have personal bests beyond 21m. The first is Portugal’s Marco Fortes, who’s personal best is 21.02m. The second is a German. Thomas Schmitt, who joined in April surprisingly the round of 21m throwers. He pushed the 7.26kg ball 21.35m and will certainly try to show nonbelievers what he might be capable of.
But the rest of the field is very strong as well and they will not make it easy for the three to take the victory. A very interesting starter is definitely the Polish Konrad Buckowiecki. Actually even allowed to start as a junior, he will compete in the men’s shot put competition. With the men’s implement he achieved already an impressive throw of 20.46m, being only 17 years old. This throw was enough to place 6th at the European Indoor Championships in Prague, at which David Storl took gold. However, in January David Storl lost one world indoor record to the polish thrower. Buckowiecki tossed the 6kg implement to 22.38m. Three centimeters furthe than Storl at that age.
Buckowiecki has two other Polish compatriots coming along. Jakub Szyszkowski (20.35m) and Krzysztof Brozozowski (19.63m). David Storl will have company and support from German throwers as well. Tobias Dahm (19.97m) who placed 8th at the European Indoor Championships and Christian Jagusch (19.74m) are also joining the shot put battle.