Throwing Events Dominate Action at Berlin Grand Prix

Andre Rocha competing in Berlin (Photo: IPC)

With athletes leading up to the World Para Athletics Championships world records have continued to fall as the action moved to Berlin for the Berlin Grand Prix this weekend.

Most notably there were two world records for the Brazilian F52 thrower Andre Rocha, who has been returning since April, from surgery. He broke the world record for shot put record with his first throw in the competition and in the discus a day later, again with his first throw, breaking his own record in both events.

Andre Rocha threw 11.60m in his shot put event, adding 14cm to his own world record, setting him up for London. Just a day later he took the discus and managed 23.24m which added 15cm to his own world record, both records originally set back in April.

Unlike many of the other events in these grand prix events the field events were what dominated the talk around Berlin on the day. German Sebastian Dietz went agonizingly close to setting a new world record in his home meet as he managed 15.23m in the men’s shot put F36-38 to fall just 11cm short of the F36 world record.

Germany won two more gold medals in throwing events getting two in F40/41 classifications with Niko Kappel managing 12.99m in the shot put. In the Javelin Mathias Mester managed the win throwing 37.01m.

Iceland’s Helgi Sveinsson continued his good form in a thrilling men’s javelin F42 as he threw 52.99m to win gold. South African Reinhardt Hamman finished in second with 49.35m, gaining form ahead of London.

Moroccan Azeddine Nouiri managed a double throwing gold in the F34 category as he won the shotput with a 9.91m throw. He then backed up and won the javelin throwing 27.20m continuing his good run of form continuing in to the world championships.

Croatia managed three gold medals in the field events, with Miroslav Petkovic throwing 41.65m in the F57 discus. His team mate, Ivan Katanusic managed two wins, winning the shot put with 15.61m and the discus with 54.33m.

The Czech Republic managed to win three field medals as well with Eva Berna claiming a double after winning the shot put with 11.06 and the discus with 27.62. Martin Zach won the men’s club throw, with a throw of 27.91m.

South African long jumper Hilton Langenhoneven has been targeting another seven meter jump, but he fell just short in Berlin. Langenhoeven managed to jump 6.85m to win the gold in Berlin, and will be pushing hard for the seven meter mark in London at the world championship.

The T44 men’s high jump went agonizingly close to a new world record from current holder Maciej Lepiato of Poland. After making a clearance at 2.15m he set the mark to 2.20m which would set a new record but he couldn’t clear the bar, settling for just the gold medal.

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