Berlin 09 Diary: Day 5, Men's Discus: Harting Kicks Butt, Germany worships! Note by Larry Eder


Field events really are making a huge impact here! The Germans have won medals in the womens' shot, heptathlon, women's javelin, Men's shot and now, Men's Discus.


Robert Harting, in the qualifying, before he became a German discus deity! photo by

Robert Harting, started out in first, in 68.25m, then threw 67.04m, 67.80m, fouled and threw another 67.80m in round five. Piotr Malachowski of Poland woke up in round five and cranked a 69.15m. Gerd Kanter of Estonia was having a bad day and mustered 65.91m, 68.05m which put him in silver, until Malachowski dropped his 69.15m throw in round five.

Robert Harting used the good wishes of 55,000 screaming Germans and cranked a 69.43m throw, to take the lead in the sixth round! PIotr Malachowski tried gamely, but his last throw of 67.33m did not do it!

Robert Harting won the discus, tore off his shirt, and picked up one of the WC mascots and just beamed with pleasure at his win! This might be my zen moment of the evening!

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