The German championships are up this weekend and we are providing you with a preview on the women’s throwing events. The names competing for the tickets for the world championships in Beijing, China is quite big. Four athletes can be nominated in the women javelin event.
Women’s shot put:
The current best shot putter in the world, Christina Schwanitz, will be competing at the national championships. Christina is the current European Champion and Vice world champion and the clear favorite for the victory. Same as David Storl, Christina is only fighting against herself and to break the 20m barrier once again. The qualification standard for the world championships is 18.40m and there are some German women who would like to surpass that. Lena Urbaniak come close by 40 centimeters. Denise Hinrichs and Josephine Terlecki have shown that they are capable of it during their past. Let’s hope that there are some more throwers who join Christina Schwanitz to Beijing.
Qualification standard: 18.40m
Defending champion: Christina Schwanitz
Season leader: Christina Schwanitz (20.77m)
Women’s discus throw:
The hardest battle for the tickets is probably in the women’s discus event. There are six throwers who have surpassed the qualification standard of 61.50m. There is no clear favorite at this point. In mid-May Anna Rüh lead the women’s with 66.10m. At the U23 European Championships two weeks ago Shanice Craft won the gold medal in front of Anna Rüh. The vice world champion of 2011, Nadine Müller has the most experience. Julia Fischer won at the Schoenebecker SoleCup with 65.09m and is showing an improve of her form. And then there is U20 European Champion Claudine Vita and the third of the U23 European Championships Kristin Pudenz who want to see what they can achieve. It will be exciting.
Qualification standard: 61.50m
Defending champion: Shanice Craft
Season Leader: Anna Rüh (66.10m)
Women’s hammer throw:
Can Betty Heidler win again at the German championships? Last year, Betty has been defeated for the first time in ten years by Kathrin Klaas. This year, the signs are more likely to the 10th victory for Betty Heidler. Heidler has the better results in the current season, about four competitions overthe 75m mark. The first time in 2015 Betty surpassed the standard in Ostrava, Czech Republic. At the same competition Kathrin Klaas also surpassed the standard. Kathrin improved to 72.77m at the competition in Forbach, France but this would not be enough for the victory. The bronze medal will be fought among Carolin Paesler, Charlene Woitha and Daniela Manz.
Qualification standard: 71.50m
Defending champion: Kathrin Klaas
Season leader: Betty Heidler (75.73m)
Women’s javelin throw:
A German quartet will make the trip to Beijing, China in August. Christina Obergföll as the defending world champion has a wild card, so Germany is allowed to nominate 4 throwers in total. Linda Stahl, Katharina Molitor and U23 European Champion Christin Hussong are the next throwers in line for the quartett. All of them have surpassed the qualification standard. There will most likely no 5th thrower achieving the qualification standard of 61.50m. The only question to be answered is who will become the national champion? All four thrower are able to throw a similar distance. Katharina Molitor is the current leader in Germany. Her recent throw in Lausanne of 66.40m makes her the leader so far. In the end, everyone of the quartet is able take the victory.
Qualification standard: 61.50m
Defending champion: Linda Stahl
Season leader: Katharina Molitor (66.40m)
Source: leichtathletik.de Pamela Ruprecht