Robert Harting dominates the discus, note by Larry Eder, European Results, from January 19-20, 2013, by Alfons Juck
Robert Harting, photo by PhotoRun.net
Robert Harting has won world championships in 2009 and 2011. In the 2007 World Championships, Harting took the silver. His 2009 World Champs victory is that of legend, on his sixth throw, in second place, Harting unleashed a huge 69 plus meter throw to take the lead. Piotr Malachowski could not respond and Harting won, in his home city in front of his crowd.
In 2012, Harting won the European Championships and then came back and won his first Olympic gold medal, in London.
Harting is 6-7, and 280 lbs, competes for SCC Berlin and has been coached by Werner Goldmann. Goldmann was the coach of German great Ulf Timmerman.
I have been lucky enough to watch Harting throw and speak to him about his view of the discus and competition. Robert Harting is looking for that perfect throw, and also is very critical of his own throwing. For Harting, it is not about just winning a competition, it is about reaching his goals in terms of distances and consistency. In 2011, at FBK Hengelo, Harting was not happy after his throwing.
In 2012, Harting reached 70 meters for the first time, with a throw of 70.31 meters, in May in Germany. After his 2012 season, with 34 discus wins in a row, Harting had surgery and is planning for the 2013 season.
Will he defend his title in 2013? It will be a fascinating battle....