A couple of weeks ago Denia Caballero took the world leading position with a massive throw of 70.65m. It was a new personal best but just a few centimeters short of the national record. So far the womendiscus world was quite sure no one would be able to beat the “discus queen” Sandra Perkovic. She has thrown 70.08m this season and is still in the race for the gold medal at the upcoming world championships in Beijing, China. Today’s competition at the Pro Athle de Sotteville les Rouen, two Cuban women underlined their ambition for the medals at the World Championships. Denia Caballero won with 67.25m (220′ 7″) over Yaimi Perez new personal best of 66.42m (217′ 11″).
At the “Meeting Pro Athlé de Sotteville les Rouen” two Cuban women showing their great shape in the discus event. Denia Caballero opened the competition with two fouls before the reached the 67.25m (220′ 7″) in round three which secured her the victory. Until the very last throw of her compatriot Yaimi Perez, it was not 100% clear that Denia’s effort would have been enough. Denia’s last attempt was a new personal best of 66.42m (217′ 11″). which also secured her the 3rd place in the 2015 World Ranking! Denia opened the competition with strong 64.63m. Two more throws beyond the 63m (206′ 8″) mark and then the bang with her new personal best happened. Now the Cubans are positioning themselves at No. 1 and No. 2 in the world! Whitney Ashley from the United states placed 3rd with 62.41m (204′ 9″) and Melina Robert-Michon from France, 4th with 61.81m (202′ 9″).
The men’s shot put event was quite surprisingly for some. Current world leader Joe Kovacs has been beaten by Christian Cantwell. Kovacs opened the competition with the rather weak (at least for him) performance of 20.03m (65′ 8¾”). During the competition, he did not increase that much. His best attempt was measured 20.38m in round 5. Joe had even two throw below the 20m mark which was quite unusual for this seasons previous competitions. Christian Cantwell was leading the competition right from the start. He opened with 20.54m (67′ 4¾”), progressed during round two to 20.62m (67′ 8″) and even further in round 5 with his best attempt of 21.06m (69′ 1¼”). Both throwers are going to compete at the upcoming world championships in Beijing, China. Maksim Sidorov placed 3rd with 20.09m (65′ 11″).