The second appearance of the year, Olympic standard checked: David Storl competed on Tuesday at a meeting in Osterode and let the 7kg ball hit the other side of 21 meters. Also, discipline colleague Sara Gambetta filed for claims in Rio.
In 2009 he broke in Osterode the U20 world record, now David Storl returned as a two-time shot put world champion and current vice world champion. The athlete wanted his season best of 20.25 meters, thrown at the Hallesche Thrower days, improved. With 20.62 meters he succeeded in the very first round. In the second attempt, David Storl exceeded that mark and beat the 21-meter mark. With 21.01 meters, he secured the meeting record and pushed back into the top eight in the world. The Olympic standard for Rio (20,50 m) is checked.
Dennis Lewke came close by three centimeters to EM standard; his new personal best now stands at 19.47 meters. His former training partner Christian Jagusch was smooth with 19,00 meters and placed 3rd, but is also one of the EM-candidates.
Sara Gambetta brings Rio into play
Also, the women shot put became a high-class competition, the current world best in the field, the vice-world champion from China Lijiao Gong. With 19.74 meters she demonstrated her strong form but did not quite reach the outstanding distance compared to the Hallesche Thrower days in which she threw 20.43 meters (WL).
Sara Gambetta, yet failed in Halle to three centimeters at the Olympic standard, came in the third round again to 17.72 meters, the last attempt was then the Olympic standard: 17.84 meters – the distance required for Rio. “I’m super happy, I must also thank the audience, which made a great atmosphere,” says Sara Gambetta said after the competition.