'Ring King' Harting May Postpone His Opener

Cottbus born Robert Harting, current Olympic, World and European champion, may postpone the continuation of his discus win streak. While Throwholics would like to see the charismatic German begin his pursuit of Moscow gold at the Werfer Cup 2013 in Wiesbaden on Sunday, May the 19th, not even the SCC Berlin star can say for sure.

"The organizers did their best in order to get me to compete at the Werfer Cup; but I need to listen to my gut, which means that I'm only going to compete when I feel fit enough", Harting told Leichtathletik. The final decision will be made on Wednesday when he returns from his warm weather training camp in sunny Portugal.

What goals the two-time world champion has for 2013 and how the Olympic victory changed the life of the 28-year-old can be discovered in the upcoming issue of Leichtathletik magazine, on newsstands from Berlin to Munich tomorrow. Unknown is if we'll hear more about the discus romance buzzing about the German countryside.

The bearded discus star’s last loss was early-August of 2010, and his winning streak has grown to an stunning thirty three meets, including gold at the Daegu World Championships and London Games. Harting has also compiled one of the best competitive stretches in the discus... 2012’s #1 ranking by world renown source Track & Field News was his 4th consecutive chart topper and no one has ever won fünf in a row.

Can Harting remain King of the Ring in 2013?

One thing that has alluded Harting is a Diamond League overall title, and defending his Prefontaine Classic title will may be tougher than winning in Russia. The line-up is without peer... so thorough that every medalist from the Olympics and World Championships since 2008 is coming to Oregon for a shot at the Werner Goldmann coached thrower. Also, every Track & Field News #1-ranked platter flier since 2003.  The monster field is made-up of the top seven from the 2012 Track & Field News world rankings.  Each made it through to the final twelve in London.

73.88m (242'  5") Virgilijus Alekna (Lithuania)
73.38m (240'  9") Gerd Kanter (Estonia)
70.66m (231' 10") Robert Harting (Germany)
69.83m (229"  1") Piotr Malachowski (Poland)
69.32m (227'  5") Ehsan Hadadi (Iran)
68.33m (224'  2") Martin Wierig (Germany)
67.91m (222'  9") Frank Casanas (Spain)