IAAF made a review of the throwing events on their website and GT Management is excited to find our own athletes from that press release. Our discus throwers Daniel Stahl and Fedrick Dacres are named as a new generation athletes in that event. Read the news from IAAF website.
This event has been almost synonymous with the name Robert Harting for quite some years but a serious knee injury kept him sidelined for the whole of 2015.
In Harting’s absence, Piotr Malachowski – who for years had been Harting’s main challenger – took over as the number one discus thrower, winning his first ever global title at 32, following three previous silvers.
That championships are something special is also clearly illustrated by a comparison of the world list coming into Beijing with the actual outcome in the Bird’s Nest stadium.
World leader Malachowski lived up to expectations in Beijing but the second, fourth and fifth-ranked athletes on the world list didn’t even qualify for the final.
There was also a group of global championship debutants, born between 1991 and 1994, who proved to be much better than many of their more experienced colleagues in handling the pressure; something that bodes well for their future careers.
Belgium’s Philip Milanov, coming off a couple of strong IAAF Diamond League showings, grabbed the silver after setting a PB of 66.90m in the final, Sweden’s Daniel Stahl finished fifth with a season’s best, Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres was one of only two automatic qualifiers and ended up seventh in the final while Colombia’s Maurizio Ortega finished 11th.