Christin Hussong has caused a bang in Tallinn. The javelin thrower won at the U23 European Championships with 65.60m and catapulted herself in fifth place in the 2015 world toplist. Not only is this the 5th best throw for the senior level but also a new U23 European record!
In the 4th attempt Christin Hussong everything seemed to be perfect. She threw the 600gram implement all the way up in the blue sky of Tallinn. The javelin flew perfectly and langed at 65.50m. At the moment this distance was displayed on the scoreboard, Christin ran to her coach and dad Udo Hussong. The victory at the U23 European Championships was no longer to take from her due to her exceptional throw.
There are only four throwers worldwide who have thrown further than Christina. Christin improved the German U23 record and championships record. Now Christin is also the best javelin thrower in Germany, even before world Champion Christina Obergföll.
Christin opened the competition with 62.07m which would have been enough to take gold and improved further in round 4. Kateryna Derun placed 2nd with a new season best of 58.60m, leaving 7m between her and the first place. Liveta Ja Suinaite placed 3rd, also with a new season best of 55.77m.
“It’s crazy, I don’t know what happened today. Yes now I think about the world championship in Belgium where I will try to beat my record but at the same time there will be a lot of competition.”
Alexandra Tavernier with gold throw
Alexandra Tavernier won the women hammer final with her best attempt of 72.50m. Her three best throws would have been enough to take the gold medal. Her second best throw 71.77m and even her third best throw of 71.68m were enough to take gold. Alena Sobaleva placed 2nd with 71.20m and Malwina Kopron 3rd with 68.57m.
“First I was really happy to beat the European Championship record. But then I was disappointed about my result. I got the gold but I still have to work and correct some aspects.
I hope that I will be ready for the World championship.”
The German trio with ease to the final
In the women’s discus qualification everyone was looking out for the German trio, lead by Anna Rüh, Shanice Craft and Kristin Pudenz. Everyone expects the trio to take all three medals. At least that was before the competition started. The Polish discus thrower Daria Sabawska threw a new personal best of 60.23m and won the qualification rounds. Anna Rüh followed with 59.03m, Kristin Pudenz 58.28m and Shanice Craft 58.14m.
During the final it will be a good battle for the three medals available now with a fourth contender in the race for the medals. In order to qualify for the final 54.50m were required as the automatic qualification performance. Next to the four mentioned throwers also Natalya Shirobokova was able to automatically qualify with her best attempt of 54.69m.
“This was rather relaxed. I’m not afraid of Daria Zabawska. I know I will be able to throw a lot further tomorrow.”
“We had really good conditions and I’m looking forward to the discus final tomorrow. I would like to have a better place than 2 years ago in Tampere. I placed 4th and this time I’m looking out for a medal.”
“My minimum goal is silver!”
4 Javelin throwers with automatic qualification performances
The best thrower on paper, the German Johannes Vetter was struggling in the qualification by opening with a foul, following only 73.50m in round two and 75.75m in round three. He did not even achieve the automatic qualification performance of 76.50m
Today’s best thrower was Paraskevas Batzavalis from Greece. He threw a new personal best of 78.48m. Maksym Bohdan placed 2nd with 77.76m and Janis Griva 3rd with 76.81m. Next to these three only the German Julian Weber was able to qualify automatically. The rest had to wait until both qualification groups were finished. In the end 70.99m were enough to qualify for the final.