The German championships are up this weekend and we are providing you with a preview on the men’s throwing events. The biggest name competing at the German championships is the double world champion David Storl.
Men’s shot put:
There is no one in the men’s shot put event who can keep up with the double world champion David Storl at the German Championships. He will throw in his own league. He will have to beat himself by cracking the 22m mark once more. The Olympic silver medalist Storl is going to compete at the German championships for the last time before the world championships in Beijing, China. The title is most certainly already secure for David Storl so the bronze or silver medal fight is more interesting. Thomas Schmitt, who tossed a dream toss with 21.35m in the beginning of the throwing season is injured again and is not able to compete. So Christian Jagusch and Tobias Dahm are going again to fight for the silver medal and aiming for the 20m mark.
Qualification standard: 20.60m
Defending champion David Storl
Season leader: David Storl (22.20 m)
The German title will be fought without the Olympic, world and European champion. Robert Harting is not back yet and is still not sure if he is going to compete at the world championships in Beijing, China. There are some strong throwers who all are going to fight for the gold medal. Christoph Harting as the current leader in Germany is not in his top form. Due to a disease and intensive training Christoph is willing to risk loosing at the German championships in order to get back on track for the world championships. Therefore, most likely Martin Wierig who recently threw 65.94m is taking the lead for the victory. Daniel Jasinski and Markus Münch are both still hoping to achieve the qualification standard of 65m. Robert Harting does not need to bother with that standard due to his wild card as the defending champion.
Qualification standard: 65m
Defending champion: Robert Harting
Season leader: Christoph Harting (67.93m)
Men’s hammer throw:
Markus Esser, who won already six times the German championships is not in his best form. Since 2006, Markus was the most dominant thrower with an exception of 2009. However, currently Markus is not the best in Germany. Due to a hand surgery he is still on the way back to his best form. The silver medalist of the last championships Alexander Ziegler has thrown 74.73m in the United States already. he is the one who might be ending the series of Markus Esser. The qualification standard is still far away for both of them.
Qualification standard: 77.50m
Defending champion: Markus Esser
Season leader: Alexander Ziegler (74.73m)
Men’s Javelin throw:
Thomas Röhler, Andreas Hofmann and Johannes Vetter are the ones who are on top of the German top list. It is not clear who is the favorite for the victory. All three have shown that they are capable of throws beyond the 85m mark and all of them have already surpassed the qualification standard of 82.50m. Recently Johannes Vetter was not quite in top form at the European Championships in Tallinn and also Thomas Röhler, who did a series of competition the past couple of weeks was not showing his top form. Andreas Hofmann started late in the season and might have a better shot for the victory. Next to the trio, Lars Harmann and Julian Weber both have surpassed the qualification standard. Due to the wild card of Thomas Röhler Germany is allowed to nominate 4 javelin throwers.
Qualification standard: 82.50m
Defending champion: Thomas Röhler
Season Leader: Johannes Vetter (85.40m)
Source: leichtathletik.de by Silke Morrissey