Halle is ready for large distances: This upcoming weekend are the bet throwers in the world gathered together for the 41st time at the Halplus Werfertage in Halle, Germany. Visitors can expect a high-class international field with world record holders, world champions and European champions at the two-day meeting (16 / May 17). And the youth and juniors will continue to recommend themselves for international highlights in this competition-summer.
Christoph Harting showed that he wants to get a ticket for the upcoming World Championships in Beijing with a world class performance. Christoph threw the 2kg to a new world leading mark of 67.53m at the 20th Wiesbadener Werfercup.
The battle for the three places for the World Cup is opened. Martin Wierig (SC Magdeburg), Daniel Jasinski (TV Wattenscheid) and Markus Münch (SC Potsdam) are three other promising candidates who want to surpass the required qualification standard of 65m at the next competition.
Travel stress for Nadine Müller and David Storl
The German quartet must compete against strong international competition as Benn Haradine (Australia), the Cubans Jorge Fernandez, the Pole Przemyslaw Czajkoski and Axel Härstedt from Sweden. The motivation to have a say in the fight for the victory is likely to be high.
The strong woman competition leads the former local hero Nadine Müller. The day before Nadine Müller is competing at the Diamond League meeting in Doha, Qatar. Anna Rüh produced a new house record with 66.14m, is enthusiastic and wants to build on the strong performance. The current top German Trio, Shanice Craft is missing due an injury, completes Julia Fischer. One of its competitors: four throwers from China, among them the World Championships 6th Jian Tan.
Travel stress not only for Nadine Müller. Also shot put star David Storl is going to compete in Doha, then traveling by night to Halle for the second competition of the year. The European Indoor Champion will face a strong field with two further 21m throwers. Marco Fortes (Portugal) and the newcomer Thomas Schmitt who recently tossed the 7.26kg ball to 21.35m. The 20m mark is in sight for Tobias Dahm and Christina Jagusch.
Duel between the current and former world record holder
The audience should be looking forward to the women hammer competition. The former world record holder Betty Heidler, who threw 79.42m at the same event four years ago is going to face the current world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk (Poland). Anita threw the current world record of 79.58m at the last ISTAF meeting in Berlin. It is to be expected that the fight for the victory is tense, will there be a new world record at the end of the day? Similarly, the appearance of Kathrin Klaas who secured the German Championships title last year is going to put extra tension for the competition. In addition to the European champion Wlodarczyk also the European Championships bronze medalist Joanna Fiodorow is part of the strong women hammer field.
With Pawel Fajdek the men’s hammer field is lead by another strong Polish thrower. He gets competition by one of the currently best hammer throwers Dilshod Nazarov. He missed in 2013 barely the still existing meeting record of 80.82m. Maybe this year will the record come to and end. The best German hammer thrower in recent years, Markus Esser will have to deal with both and tries to throw 77.50m to achieve the qualification standard for the World Championships in Beijing.
Season start for shot putters and javelin throwers
Right next to the hammer throw competition is the shot put circle located. Without the missing Christina Schwanitz, who as written already will be competiting in Shanghai this Sunday, it will probably be a rematch of the German Indoor Championships in Karlsruhe. The three winners, Lena Urbaniak, Denise Hinrichs and Josephine Terlecki meet each other again for the first time after the winter.
The three German shot putters will have to deal with international competitors. The two Polish women Paulina Guba and Agnieszka Maluskiewicz, the Briton Francis Eden and Julaika Nicoletti (Italy) are also highly assessed by their reported performance.
Usually in Halle is also a good place for the javelin throwers to start their season. Linda Stahl, Katharina Molitor and Christin Hussong are forming the strong German trio. For men, the field is lead by Andreas Hofman who threw a massive new personal best of 86.13m at last years European Team Championships in Braunschweig. Required for the World Championships is 82.50m
The Youth and Junior trying to beat the qualification standards
At the 20th Werfercup in Wiesbaden already a lot of youth and junior qualification standards have been surpassed. And the hunt will continue in Halle. The fields for the U16 up to the U23 are also strong. In the men’s U23 shot put event the Germans Dennis Lewke, Bodo Göder and Patrick Müller fighting for the victory.
Based on the personal bests it should be easy for Lewke and Göder to achieve the qualification standard. 18.40m is required by the young putters. Müller is also still allowed to start in the U20 age group and can check of the 18.50m which are required for the U20 World Championships.
With the hammer towards qualifying standard
In female U23 age group there are 16,30m required. For the past year, Sara Gambetta achieved 16.83m. The two discus throwers Claudine Vita and Anna Rüh are also competing the shot put event. The U23 hammer throw competition is also promising for some tension. Especially for the Germans Susen Küster, Charlene Woitha and Vanessa Pfeiffer who are trying to throw beyond 64m.
Source: Leichtathletik.de by Sandra Arm