The 20th anniversary of the 2015 Wiesbadener Werfercup produced some incredible throwing results. Christoph Harting took over the world lead in the mens discus event with 67.53m. Anna Rüh won the women discus event, also with a massive new personal best of 66.14m (217′). At today’s competition exactly 24 qualification standards for the upcoming international competitions, such as the U18 World Championships, U20 European Championships, U23 European Championships and the World Championships in Beijing, China have been thrown.
World-class throws for the U20 age group
Also in the junior age group U20, several qualification standards have been passed. There were 7 U20 discus throwers who surpassed the qualification standard for he U20 European Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden. U20 Vice World Champion Henning Prüfer improved his personal best to 65.03m. Behind him, Clemens Prüfer, threw for the first time ever, the 1.75kg beyond the 60m mark. 61.62m secured him the second spot on the podium. Also Maximilian Klaus 57.79m and Tony Zeuke 57.29m managed to throw beyond the U20 European Championships qualification standard (56m).
Claudine Vita, who lead the world ranking for the U20 women discus already, won the competition with 56.57m. The one year younger Lara Kempka placed second with 51.15m. Jennifer Prestel who fouled all three attempts during the U20 competition threw the qualification standard during the U23 competition (52.52m).
Claudine Vita scratches the 60m mark
“During the first competition (referring to the U20 event) it is still a bit uncertain and some fouls happened”, explained Claudine Vita her three fouled attempts. But the official qualification standard of 56m was easily secured anyway. In the U23 competition, the 18-year-old had an outstanding new personal best of 59.23m which would have been enough for the gold medal at previous U20 World Championships.
By the way, Claudine Vita also managed to surpass the qualification standard for the U23 European Championships in Tallinn, Estonia with that massive throw. Kristin Pudenz (60.53m), Julie Hartwig (54.31m) and Sebastian Scheffel (58.69m) surpassed the U23 qualification standards as well. Anna Rüh would also be allowed to throw at the U23 European Championships in Tallinn.
Julia Ritter first time over 18m
On Saturday the U18 athletes competed already. Five athletes took advantage of the good wind conditions to throw the qualification standard for the U18 World Championships in Cali, Columbia. The best chances have Ronja Sowalder who threw 49.33m (2nd in the world) and Henrik Jannsen (58.93m).
Julia Ritter threw 47.48m in the discus event and dropped a 18m bomb in todays shot put event. For the first time in her young career Julia Ritter was able to toss the 3kg ball to 18.29m. Since the change from 4kg to 3kg in 2012, no German athlete has thrown further.
Valentin Döbler (18.65m) and Alina Kenzel (16.05) two more throwers managed to surpass the qualification standards for the U20 European Championships. Best shot putter in the men’s field was Tobias Dahm with a throw of 19.29m.
The final results: HERE
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Morrissey