Gerhard Mayer is starting with a bang in the track and field outdoor season. The 34-year-old Austrian threw the 2kg implement to incredible 67.20m at an invitation meeting at Rudolf-Tonn-Stadium in Schwechat, Austria. He has surpassed the Olympic qualification standard of 66m for Rio 2016. In addition, he checked the qualification standard for the upcoming World Championships in Beijing, China (65.00m) and improved his own Austrian national record of 65.24m from June 2010. But not enough. Mayer massive throw brings him to the top of the world which has been led by Estonian Martin Kupper with 66.67m.
“A perfect moment”
“I immediately noticed that the discus is going to fly very far. For this, a gust of wind came, it was a perfect moment. I am overwhelmed that it happened. With such a distance I have speculated only in dreams. I am very pleased that I now have an equivalent to my record of 2010 which I threw in contrast to today in a closed stadium without wind assistance, ” said Mayer.
Mayer reached the new record distance in the fifth of six attempts. Already in the first two rounds Mayer threw over the mark of 64m.
Indoor training, new discus ring and perfect wind conditions
“This distance is the product of a lot of work,” said his coach Gregor Högler. “It was of fundamental importance that we could throw all winter indoors in the warmth. For the stadium in Schwechat the ÖLV has purchased a new throwing circle, we’ve tricked ideal to the prevailing wind direction just a week ago. The southeasterly wind was perfect today for big distances. As the limits for World Championships and Olympic were always set higher up, I realized that we can do it only with wind assistance. Therefore, we have a series of competitions in Schwechat advertised in order to throw in good conditions. ”
Gerhard Mayer has qualified for the third consecutive year for the Olympic Games. Before Beijing 2008, he had to provide 62.50 meters. For London 2012 63.00 meters were required as a qualification. Now the World Athletics Association has gone up massively and calls 66.00m.
In the near future, the next competitions for Mayer are the club championships on the 14th of May, the Liese Prokop Memorial on 4th of June and the first European Games in Baku 21st/22nd of June.