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Today, we are writing about Hungarian star, Anita Marton, the silver medalist from London 2017 and bronze from World Indoors 2016 in Portland, Oregon.
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Hungary is known for many things. Good throwers is one of them. Anita Marton is a fine example of that tradition.
Anita Marton spent a decade as journey woman shot putter, competing in everything from World Youth, to European Junior Championships. In 2011, Anita took third in the European U23 discus and fifth in the U23 in shot in Ostrava, Czech Republic.
Marton was competing against the very best, from Valerie Adams, to Michelle Carter, to Gong Lijao. The Hungarian thrower is always in the thick of things.
In 2012, Anita Marton began focusing just on the shot put. She took 7th in the European Champs in Helsinki, Finland, and 23rd in London Olympics. Her best throw of the year was 17.93 meters.
In 2013, in Gothenburg, Sweden, Anita took 12th in the European Indoor, 4th in the Universiade and 20th in qualifying in Moscow World Championships, with a best throw of 17.92 meters.
Improvement in athletics is not linear. There are stops and flows in performances. 2014 was a fine year for Anita Marton. Anita was sixth in the 2014 World Indoor Champs in Sopot, Poland, with a PB of 18.17 meters. In Zurich, at the 2014 European Outdoor Champs, Anita Marton impressed with her bronze medal. Her throw of 19.04 meters was a huge PB and put her in the nineteen meter league.
IN 2015, Anita Marton delighted her Hungarian fans with a gold medal in the European Indoors in Praha, Czech Republic. Her throw, 19.23 meters, was a hard won personal best. Anita improved again in 2015, at the World Outdoors in Beijing, just missing out on a medal, with her 19.48 meter PB for fourth.
2016 was a magical year. Anita Marton took the silver in Portland, Oregon, for the World Indoors, with a throw in the shot put of 19.33 meters, an indoor PB. At the 2016 European Champs in Amsterdam, the Hungarian thrower added a silver medal to her medal case, after a throw of 18.72 meters. But, Anita left the best til last, throwing 19.87 meters, her current outdoor PB, at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
In 2017, Anita Marton defended her 2015 European Indoor title, winning in Belgrade, Serbia, throwing 19.28 meters. In London, Anita doubled, taking the silver in the shot put, defeating Michelle Carter, thowing the shot 19.49 meters and the discus, where she finished 25th in discus with a throw of 55.96m!
Anita Marton has confidence in her throwing. How will she fare in Birmingham? She is motivated and healthy, so we should see the Hungarian star in the thick of the battle in 2018, in both World Indoors in March and European Outdoor Championships in August.