The IAAF Diamond League meeting in London has some good discus thrower on the start list. Among them are big names such as Piotr Malchowski, Benn Harradine, the current world leader Jason Morgan, Vikas Gowda and Robert Urbanek. But none of them won the competition. It was the Belgian Philip Milanov who surprisingly won the meeting with 65.14m
Philip Milanov was in action at the Diamond League meeting in London. In a very strong field of throwers Philip confirmed his good form. In rainy conditions, Philip Milanov was the best being the only one able to throw over 65m.
This season, Philip Milanov has already throw 66.43m, being 7th in the current world ranking. He has shown his good form in the recent competitions, including the gold medal at the Universiade. There too, he was the best in rainy conditions and today he used this experience. In his first attempt he was already throwing 63.62m to take an early lead. He fouled then his 2nd attempt before throwing 62.42m and his best effort of 65.14m in round 4.
It was tricky conditions but I’m kind of used to it now so I know what I have to do. It’s better than last year too so I’m happy. I’ve thrown above 64m six times this season so it has given me confidence for more. Diamond League is very special for me.
Robert Urbanek placed 2nd with his best attempt of 64.47m in round three. Robert opened the competition with 62.27m, let 61.43m follow and then unleashed 64.47m to take the lead in the competition. But then Philip Milanov answer was on time in the 4th round to take back the lead.
The Australian Benn Harradine placed 3rd with his 5th round throw of 63.98m. He opened with 62.93m, and two more 62m throws followed before throwing 60.27m and then his best attempt of 63.98m. Benn was the most consistent one without any fould attempt. The current Diamond Race leader Piotr Malachowski just missed the podium by 15 centimeters. His best attempt was 63.83m. Currently, Piort has 13 points in the diamond race, just followed by his compatriot Robert Urbanek (10 points).
Vikas Gowda placed 5th with also throwing over the 63m mark. His best attempt was the last one. This one was measured 63.69m, only a few centimeters short of Piotr and the podium as well. Gerhard Mayer being 6th with 61.88m, Apostolos Parellis 7th (61.07m), Martin Kupper 8th (61.04m), Jason Morgan 9th (59.60m) and Rodney brown 10th (55.65m).
Robert Urbanek enjoying Diamond Race rivarly with training partner Malachowski: