Yesterday, the 40th Valter Kalam Memorial competition took place in Viljandi, Estonia. The 2008 Olympic gold medalist, Gerd Kanter, won the competition with 63.85m. The Swedish discus thrower Daniel Stahl placed 2nd with 62.76m and Martin Kupper, from Estonia, 3rd with 60.17m
The competition did not start as planned for the former Olympic Champion. He opened the competition with 58.84m. The young star Daniel Stahl was leading the competition after the first round with his 60.56m throw. Martin Kupper (57.36m), Märt Israel (55.37m) and Aelksander Tammer (50.49m) did not throw very well during the first round either. Kanter fouled his next three attempts so that Stahl was leading until Kanter finally gets one out.
During round 5, Kanter improved to 63.85m which was enough to beat Stahl. Stahl tried to have an answer ready with his improved 5th round throw but it was not good enough. Daniel finished the competition 2nd with 62.76m. Martin Kupper also improved, same as Kanter and Stahl, in round 5. His best attempt was 60.17m, which secured him the 3rd spot on the podium. Märt Israel, who has a personal best of almost 67m was not able to throw even close to that, ending up with the 4th place and 58.11m.
The men’s javelin event produced some personal bests. The Estonian, Tanel Laanmäe opened with strong 83.11m to take the victory. Tanel improved his previous best by almost half a meter. magnus Kirt who also threw a new personal best of 82.22m, placed 2nd. During the competition he produced two personal bests, first 79.83m and then with his last round effort 82.22m. Risto Mätas became 3rd with 81.48m.
Mariya Abakumov was the only women who threw the javelin today. With a new season best of 60.68m Mariya still needs to hope to get nominated by her athletic federation. She has not thrown the automatic qualification standard for the upcoming world championships. Märis Urtan won the men’s shot put competition with 19.37m and Kristo Galeta placed second with a new season best of 19.09m.
Gerd Kanter 63.85m:
Daniel Stahl 62.76m:
Martin Kupper 60.17m: