Clash of the Titans at at Czech GP in Usti. Couple of 22m thrower were part of the start list which brought quite some attention to the competition. At the end, the meeting record did not fall. In an exclusive competition, former shot put world champion and Olympic silver medalist (2008) Christian Cantwell beats after the competition in Madrid world leader Joe Kovacs by 36 centimeters. The american sweep was hindered by the Tomas Stanek who placed 3rd.
“When I heard that three throwers with a personal best beyond the 22m mark would come I was quite happy,” Stanek said. The third place was decided during Stanek’s last attempt of 20.09m (65′ 11″), and the audience applauded. Cory Martin who was 3rd before the last round has also a best of 20.09m (65′ 11″) in the books, but Stanek had the better second attempt to make the podium. “The Americans are about to blast the Diamond League, now a couple of more competitions and the results are not the best,” Stanek continued.
The 34-year-old Olympic silver medalist Christian Cantwall was more the “underdog” compare to the world leader Joe Kovacs. Cantwell’s last attempt secured him the win with 20.85m (68′ 5″). “I’m tired, but satisfied. After four attempts, I thought how am I going to fly to Monaco, but in the past I felt good afterwards,” said the 160kg shot putter Cantwell. Cantwell is like the other athletes preparing for the upcoming world championships in Beijing, China. He enjoyed the little meeting in Usti. “It’s cool, I would go back and I know this place. It looks interesting.”
Kovacs did compete for the 4th time already in Usti. Kovacs is currently leading the 2015 world top list with 22.35m (73′ 4″). “For me it was more training, but I always want to win, ” said Kovacs, satisfied with being second. “I love it here. When I first came in 2012, I spent seven days here, hiked and had a look around the city to meet people.
Even though the Americans are quite good this season they did not break the stadium record which is set to 21.09m (69′ 2½”) by the Bulgarian Georgi Ivanov, who failed to advance to the final rounds. “The Americans might as well hit 21.50m (70′ 6½”), but now due to the recent competitions in Lausanne, Madrid in addition to the preparation for the world championships is a massacre for the body,” said the meeting director Miroslav Vachuta understandably.
“People were dragged into the competition, I very much liked the beer tent,” said Kovacs and Stanek continued: “The audience is fantastic. Comparable to the German meetings.”
The final standings:
1. Cantwell 20.85m (68′ 5″).(USA), 2. Kovacs (USA) 20.49m (67′ 2¾”), 3. Staněk (CZE) 20.09m (65′ 11″), 4. Martin (USA) 20.09m (65′ 11″), 5. Marcell (CZE) 19.82m (65′ 0½”).