Today’s, women’s shot put event was the opening of the Stockholm (Sweden) Diamond League Meeting within the “King’s Garden”. Christina Schwanitz appeared to be royal as well. She won with 20.13m and is based on the overall standings uncatchable. Hence, Christina won the 2015 IAAF Diamond League race and wins the $40,000 jackpot.
Today’s competition was the next show underlining the great shape of Christina Schwanitz. In Stockholm “King’s Garden”, a part in the city center, the European champion was once again unstoppable. It was the 8th time that Christina Schwanitz tossed the 4kg ball beyond the 20m mark. This time, 20.13m was measured. The fourth win of the Diamond League season was safe. In the overall standings, the vice-world champion has 18 points on the scoreboard and is not reachable by anyone. Only requirement, she for the 40,000-US-dollar Jackot is the attendance at the Diamond League final in Zurich (Switzerland, September 3). Christina would have won the competition with all of her legal 5 throws.
Only one defeat in the meeting series is in the history books this summer for Christina Schwanitz. At the opening in Doha (Qatar), the Chinese Lijiao Gong was the one on top of the podium, same as more recently in Gotha, Germany. The Chinese woman was not in Stockholm to compete. The world championships in Beijing (August 22 to 30) will probably come down to a duel between the two.
The American shot putter Michelle Carter placed second with a best attempt of 19.24m She is ranked second in the Diamond Race with 9 points. The Hungarian Anita Marton pushed the Olympic Champion Valerie Adams to the 4th place with her best effort of 18.74m. The shot put queen Valerie Adams tossed the 4kg ball to 18.69m. Brittany Smith (18.54m) placed 5th while the Pan American Champion Cleopatra Borel (18.25m) placed 6th. Lena Urbaniak became 7th with 17.62m and Fanny Roos 8th with 16.42m.
In the men’s shot put event (which was not part of the IAAF Diamond League Race, won the Canadian Tim Nedow with a new season best of 20.78m. Mesud Pezer placed 2nd with 19.68m, Kristo Galeta 3rd (19.03m), Niklas Arrhenius 4th (18.45m) and Mats Olsson 5th (17.26m).
Source: leichtathletik.de by Jan-Henner Reitze