Big names were on the start list for the “Spitzen Leichtathletik” event in Luzern’s Allmend stadion. The women shot put event listed Olympic and World champion Valerie Adams as the most prominent one. World Champion Christina Obergföll, Jarrod Bannister, Johannes Vetter, Benn Harradine, Christoph Harting and many more. In the end, Katharina Moltor stole the show with her new PB ob 66.40m.
The start list for the women javelin event was pretty good on paper. The current World Champion Christina Obergföll, Germany’s young star Christin Hussong and former European Champion Linda Stahl being the big names on the list. At the end, Katharina Molitor had the upper hand with her last round throw of 66.40m. Katharina opened with a new personal best of 65.40m, and even improved that mark in her last attempt. Linda Stahl placed second with also strong new season best of 64.65m , also thrown in her last attempt. Christina Obergföll seems struggling with only 59.51m. For the upcoming world championships in Beijing this does not matter, due to her wild card by winning the gold medal at the last world championships. Christin Hussong, who just won the U23 European Championships with a massive pb beyond the 65m mark was probably tired and ended up 5th with 56.37m.
The men’s discus event was pretty good on paper as well. The current No. 1 in the world, Jason Dadz Morgan and No. 2 Christoph Harting were mentioned on the start list. After the first round, Apostolo Parellis was leading with 61.19m, followed by Rodney Brown and Benn Harradine. That this will not last until the end of the competition was pretty clear. In the end, Martin Wierig had the upper hand with his winning throw of 63.85m. Christoph Harting placed 2nd with 63.18m and the Australian 3rd with 61.60. The current world leader is probably under a lot of stress due his recent travels to all the competitions. Throwholics sure hopes that it all will change at the upcoming world championships so that better performances will follow.
In the men’s javelin event Johannes Vetter won with rather weak 75.91m, being 10m under his personal best. Jarrod Bannister is just getting started again and does not seem to be back in top form. He placed second with 70.11, being almost 20m under his personal best and Australian record. Alexander Ziegler won the men’s hammer event with 71.83m.
Valerie Adams, the queen in shot put, has almost been defeated once again. Only 2 centimeters are between her and Cleopatra Borel in the end. Adams won the competition with rather weak (for her) 18.73m. Cleopatra Borel placed 2nd with 18.71m and Natalia Duco 3rd 17.56m. Currently, it seems that the Adam’s surgery has not let her fully recover yet. Throwholics wishes her all the best and hopes she will be back in her top form for the upcoming world championships.