2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's discus throw

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The Men's Discus Throw event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on August 18 and August 19.

As the only man to throw in excess of seventy metres that season, reigning world and Olympic champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia was the event favourite. Veteran athlete Virgilijus Alekna, the last athlete to beat Kanter in competition, was a strong medal possibility. Olympic silver medallist Piotr Malachowski was another contender, as was German Robert Harting who won silver at the previous world championships. The season had been of a high standard, with a number of athletes throwing over 65 m, including Frank Casañas, Bogdan Pishchalnikov and Zoltán Kővágó.[1]

On the first day of competition, qualification went smoothly as many of the highest ranked athletes qualified for the final on their first throw, with seven of them passing the automatic qualification mark of 64.50 m. Casañas and Estonia's number two Aleksander Tammert were the only high-profile athletes to be eliminated. Home competitor Harting had the best throw of the day (66.81), and Kővágó and Kanter were the next best qualifiers.[2]

In the final, Malachowski and Harting started very well on their first throws, with the former taking the lead with a Polish record-breaking throw, while the latter recorded a season's best. The pre-event favourites Kanter and Alekna were unable to challenge the two, as the Estonian took the bronze with his fourth round throw of 66.88 m and the Lithuanian never bettered his first throw of the day (66.36 m) and finished up in fourth place. Consistently throwing better than the rest of the field, Harting and Malachowski battled for the top spot. The Pole improved his lead with 69.15 m in the fifth round, another national record, but Harting took the gold with his final throw of the competition, recording a personal best of 69.43 m.[3][4]

The victory for the home athlete was marred by his controversial comments regarding an initiative by victims of doping in East Germany. Former East German athletes, who had suffered through the state-sponsored doping program in the 1980s, were distributing glasses outside the stadium to encourage people not to "turn a blind eye" to doping. Harting said that he wished his discus would bounce from the ground and hit wearers in the eyes, but he later retracted and apologise for his statement.[5][6]

Medallists[edit]

Gold Germany Robert Harting
 (Germany)
Silver Poland Piotr Malachowski
 (Poland)
Bronze Estonia Gerd Kanter
 (Estonia)

Records[edit]

World record  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 Neubrandenburg, East Germany 6 June 1986
Championship record  Virgilijus Alekna (LTU) 70.17 Helsinki, Finland 7 August 2005
World leading  Gerd Kanter (EST) 71.64 Kohila Parish, Estonia 25 June 2009
African record  Frantz Kruger (RSA) 70.32 Salon-de-Provence, France 26 May 2002
Asian record  Ehsan Haddadi (IRI) 69.32 Tallinn, Estonia 3 June 2008
North American record  Ben Plucknett (USA) 71.32 Eugene, United States 4 June 1983
South American record  Jorge Balliengo (ARG) 66.32 Rosario, Argentina 15 April 2006
European record  Jürgen Schult (GDR) 74.08 Neubrandenburg, East Germany 6 June 1986
Oceanian record  Benn Harradine (AUS) 66.37 Salinas, United States 22 May 2008

Qualification standards[edit]

A standard B standard
64.50 m 62.50 m

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 18, 2009 10:05 Qualification
August 19, 2009 20:10 Final

Results[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Qualification: Qualifying Performance 64.50 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Robert Harting  Germany 66.81 66.81 Q
2 A Gerd Kanter  Estonia 66.73 66.73 Q
3 B Zoltán Kővágó  Hungary x 65.82 65.82 Q
4 B Jarred Rome  United States 60.92 65.51 65.51 Q
5 A Casey Malone  United States 65.13 65.13 Q
6 B Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania 65.04 65.04 Q
7 A Mario Pestano  Spain 65.03 65.03 Q
8 B Piotr Małachowski  Poland 64.20 64.48 62.65 64.48 q
9 A Bogdan Pishchalnikov  Russia 62.93 61.09 60.08 62.93 q
10 A Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly  Egypt 62.84 62.09 x 62.84 q
11 B Gerhard Mayer  Austria 62.53 59.33 62.19 62.53 q
12 B Frantz Kruger  Finland 62.29 x 60.45 62.29 q
13 A Aleksander Tammert  Estonia 62.24 61.93 59.44 62.24
14 A Ian Waltz  United States x 60.27 62.04 62.04
15 A Benn Harradine  Australia 60.73 61.74 60.79 61.74
16 B Frank Casañas  Spain x x 61.10 61.10
17 A Gaute Myklebust  Norway x 60.80 x 60.80
18 A Bertrand Vili  France 60.68 x x 60.68
19 B Erik Cadee  Netherlands x 60.64 x 60.64
20 B Markus Münch  Germany 60.55 x 59.12 60.55
21 B Ivan Hryshyn  Ukraine 59.93 57.28 x 59.93
22 B Märt Israel  Estonia 59.58 x - 59.58
23 A Jorge Balliengo  Argentina 56.69 55.32 59.19 59.19
24 B Ahmed Mohamed Dheeb  Qatar 55.33 59.16 x 59.16
25 B Nikolay Sedyuk  Russia x 59.03 58.62 59.03
26 A Oleksiy Semenov  Ukraine 58.78 57.31 x 58.78
27 A Daniel Schärer  Switzerland 58.50 58.23 57.22 58.50
28 B Germán Lauro  Argentina 57.88 x x 57.88
29 B Ercüment Olgundeniz  Turkey 56.54 x 57.52 57.52
A Haidar Nasir  Iraq x x x NM

Final[edit]

Rank Athlete Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1 Robert Harting  Germany 68.25 67.04 67.80 x 67.80 69.43 69.43 PB
2 Piotr Małachowski  Poland 68.77 68.05 67.00 x 69.15 67.33 69.15 NR
3 Gerd Kanter  Estonia 65.91 65.65 x 66.88 66.24 65.45 66.88
4 Virgilijus Alekna  Lithuania 66.36 66.32 65.68 64.53 66.24 x 66.36
5 Casey Malone  United States 63.61 61.59 65.64 64.84 65.98 66.06 66.06
6 Zoltán Kővágó  Hungary x 63.09 62.47 x 65.17 61.69 65.17
7 Bogdan Pishchalnikov  Russia 62.03 63.29 63.18 64.26 65.02 x 65.02
8 Gerhard Mayer  Austria 62.16 60.49 63.17 x 60.83 x 63.17
9 Omar Ahmed El Ghazaly  Egypt 62.13 62.83 62.76 62.83
10 Mario Pestano  Spain 62.76 x 62.27 62.76
11 Jarred Rome  United States 58.48 62.47 x 62.47
12 Frantz Kruger  Finland x 59.77 x 59.77

Key: PB = Personal best, NR = National record

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-09). Men's Discus Throw - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  2. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-18). Event Report - Men's Discus Throw - Qualification. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  3. ^ Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-19). Event Report - Men's Discus Throw - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-22. Archived 2009-09-08.
  4. ^ Irwin, Pirate (2009-08-20). Harting leaves it late in discus thriller. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.
  5. ^ Hometown hero gets dramatic win, South African gold medalist faces gender test . Deutsche Welle (2009-08-20). Retrieved on 2009-08-22. Archived 2009-09-08.
  6. ^ Chadband, Ian (2009-08-20). World Athletics: Usain Bolt cruises to 200m final in 20.08sec. The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved on 2009-08-22.