It was a very beautiful evening at the AVPec1910 athletic club. Big names were on the start list, such as Rutger Smith and Erik Cadee. AVPec1910 organized two competition directly after each other with a break of 10 minutes, guaranteeing the throwers 12 throws in total. Erik Cadee won the first with 62.37m and the second with 64.35m.
Couple of days ago Rutger Smith asked via Facebook if there would be any open competitions in the region. Rutger is trying to throw 65m, which is the qualification standard of the World Championships in Beijing. With the help of social media (Facebook) Rutger found a club who were willing to host a meet for him. Erik Cadee jumped on board and decided to compete.
Erik Cadee who recently had some problems with an irritated nerve could not train the past 1 1/2 weeks still decided to compete and see what happens. Cadee opened the competition with 60.55m but was beaten by Smith‘s first round throw of 61.07m. Both of them were struggling to throw over the 65m mark. In the end Cadee and Rutger were consistent but without a big throw. During round 4Cadee improved to 62.37m which secured him the victory over Smith who did not improve any further on his first round throw.
The second competition was quite a similar picture. Both throwers fouled their first attempts.Cadee then threw 61.66m and improved in round four to the day’s of 64.35m. He was not happy with the result because he needs 65m. Despite the fact thatCadee would currently fit into the IAAF Qualification System and be qualified the Dutch federation requires 65m. Smith‘s best attempt during the second competition was 60.06m
“Today I broke my own stadium record in Zwolle from 2009. Back then I threw 64.09m and today I improved it to 64.35m. I could not train the past couple of weeks due an irritated nerve. Now I’m fit to continue to go after the 65m+”
“Thank you so much for all the birthday wishes! I appreciate every single one of them! I didnt give myself a great present today… I had a comp and finshed with 61.22m. Didnt feel super powerful but it will come smile emoticon I want to thank athletics club AV PEC Zwolle for putting up this meet! It was a great evening.”
The Road to Beijing:
Check who is qualified for the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China: HERE