117. Deutsche Meisterschaften / Erfurt
8. – 9. Juli 2017
VETTER DEFEATS RÖHLER AT GERMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS, KLOSTERHALFEN AND KRAUSE IMPRESS by IAAF
The men’s javelin will be the event which carries Germany’s biggest hopes for victory at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 next month. That was confirmed at the two-day German Championships over the weekend in Erfurt.
Johannes Vetter took the title with an 89.35m throw, a championships’ record, defeating Olympic champion Thomas Röhler who threw 85.24m. Other highlights included championships records by Konstanze Klosterhalfen in the women’s 1500m where she clocked 3:59.58 and Gesa Krause’s 9:25.81 in the 3000m steeplechase.
However there was also a major blow for the country’s medal hopes in the men’s discus throw. After sensationally taking the Olympic gold medal last summer, Christoph Harting almost equally sensationally missed the national qualifying standard for the World Championships. He looks set to miss London after failing to reach the 65.00m requested by the federation. In Erfurt he finished fourth while brother Robert Harting won with 65.65m.
VETTER AGAIN THREATENS 90-METRE LINE
It could not have gone much better for Vetter in Erfurt. He began the competition with his 89.35m throw, which not only held on to win the competition, but also eclipsed by one centimetre the championship record set 21 years ago by Raymond Hecht.
In a solid series, Vetter also produced throws of 84.59m, 87.83m and 89.23m in rounds three, four and five. His winning effort landed just 33 centimetres short of his 89.68m personal best set last year.
“I am very happy winning my first ever German title,” Vetter said. “It was a superb series. I am very close to 90 metres, but I’m not putting myself under pressure.”
Röhler meanwhile was unlucky after slipping on a throw during the warm-up.
“I was a bit concerned,“ said Röhler, whose first three attempts of 74.77m, 77.18m and 74.12m were extremely modest. He then improved with 82.75m and 85.24m before ending the competition with a foul.
“Johannes showed a great performance and deserved the win. Although we are number one, two and three in the world nothing is guaranteed at the World Championships.
Bernhard Seifert was third with a PB 84.62m while Lars Hamann (81.07m) followed in fourth. Andreas Hofmann had to be content with 74.07m for fifth.
SPEERWURF MÄNNER / JAVELIN THROW FINAL
1 VETTER Johannes, LG Offenburg 89.35 MR 89.35 82.84 84.59 87.83 89.23 81.84
2 RÖHLER Thomas, LC Jena 85.24 74.77 77.18 74.12 82.75 85.24 x
3 SEIFERT Bernhard, SC Potsdam 84.62 PB x 80.31 84.62 80.61 83.42 83.76
4 HAMANN Lars, Dresdner SC 1898 81.07 78.25 x 77.68 81.07 79.57 x
5 HOFMANN Andreas, MTG Mannheim 74.07 74.07 x x x x x
6 GOLLING David, LC Cottbus 73.38 73.38 SB 71.55 x x x 73.38 x
7 BONEWIT Jonas, LG Stadtwerke München 72.95 64.83 72.95 x 70.27 x 66.34
8 FISCHER Nils, TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen 70.94 69.82 x 70.68 70.94 70.37 69.00
9 GRAF Sascha, Yburg Steinbach 70.02 65.01 69.11 70.02
10 KOCH Markus, LG Offenburg 69.27 69.27 x 65.83