At today’s SVS Invitation Meeting in Schwechat-Rannersdorf, Austria threw Luke Weißhaidinger with 67,24m a new Austrian record in the discus throw. He pushed his way to 5th position in the world rankings and surpassed next to the world championships qualification mark of 65m also the 66m qualification mark for the next Olympic Games in Rio.
The 23-year-old Austrian was able to increase continuously his personal best in the course of this season. Most recently, two weeks ago he threw also in Schwechat-Rannersdorf the 2kg implement to 63.13m. For today’s competition with perfect wind conditions the national head coach Gregor Högler advised Lukas, after consultation with home coach Sepp Schopf, to change the technique and throw reverse. This change has recently improved the personal best of Christoph Harting as well, who is currently ranked 3rd in the world. Until now, Weißhaidinger threw the discus non-reverse.
Performance Increase with reverse technique:
Gregor Högler explains the difference: The reverse technique allows a longer acceleration and therefore further throws. But it is significantly more risky than the non-reverse throw and might not ncessarily lead to success. But I thought that Lukas, who used to be a good gymnast is very strong and would be able to implement this new technique immediately and thus resulting in a bigger throw. Out experiment was a full success.
“I’m very happy of couse. But my thoughts are with Kira and her family,” Weißhaidinger said in a first reaction. Home coach Sepp Schopf, who led his his protégé also to a European Junior Championship title in 2011, said that the efforts of the past months have paid off: “We have built on our own initiative and with the support of several sponsors and partners own throwing house in Taufkirchen that we use every day for our training and offers us excellent conditions. In addition, the collaboration with coach Gregor Högler works brilliantly. The significant increase in performance is the best proof. ”
Now two Austrians top 10 in the world rankings
The new Austrian record distance means rank 5, just in front of Gerhard Mayer (67,20m), in the IAAF World Ranking and surpassing the standards for the World Championships in Beijing (65,00m) and the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (66,00m).
I tried to throw reverse and it did work quite well from the beginning. I have always thought that I threw reverse more than a meter further than non-reverse. So I thought why should this not be possible in discus throwing as well? I still cannot believe and realise it. I am not officially throwing reverse and not non-reverse anymore. It will be difficult to reproduce this throw but I will try my best. During the training similar throws indicated that I will be able to throw far but to be honest, not that far. The wind helped me a lot.