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2009 World Championships in Athletics Berlin, Germany

2009 12th IAAF World Championships - Berlin - Men's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Berlin, GermanyFormat: Qualifying round (64.50 or top 12 to final) (Aug 18)
Dates: 15–23 August
Nations participating: 202
Athletes participating: 2101
  Main venue: Olympiastadion
Overview by IAAF  
Six of the seven available global titles between 2000 and 2008 had been won by Alekna or Kanter. With Kanter heading the 2009 world list (71.64), and Alekna ranked second with 68.94 it looked as though the title again might be decided between these two. This view was immediately shaken when Ma achowski, the Olympic silver medallist, opened with 68.77, and was followed later in the round by Harting, the Osaka runner-up, with 68.25. Alekna threw 66.36 to move into bronze medal position. This state of affairs remained until round four, when Kanter moved past Alekna with 66.88. Ma achowski’s response was to increase his lead with a Polish record of 69.15. Harting, urged on by the enthusiastic and knowledgeable crowd then made the greatest throw of his life to win with 69.43. “I owe the last metre of my sixth attempt to the audience,” he said later.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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