| Thrower meeting Schönebeck
At the thrower meeting in Schönebeck, discus thrower Kristin Pudenz increased her best performance to 65.58 meters on Friday evening. The men’s winners in the shot put David Storl and David Wrobel also achieved their best in the season with the discus.
Although she was internationally competitive for years with her widths between 60 and 62 meters, Kristin Pudenz (SC Potsdam) was nationally in the second row for a long time. There were always DLV discus throwers who threw even further. That changed last year when the 27-year-old became German champion and surpassed the 63-meter mark as reliably as clockwork. In the World Cup final of all places, this didn’t work anymore and it remained eleventh (57.69 m). At the same time, this negative experience at the end of the season was also a new motivation boost to not let up at work.
Already at the end of June, Kristin Pudenz showed with her best performance to 64.92 meters that she is in top shape despite Corona. The Universiade winner of 2017 followed up with a strong series on Friday evening in Schönebeck. After the discus had sailed above the 64-meter mark in the first three rounds and already set a new record at 64.95 meters, the fourth round measured 65.58 meters. With this, the Potsdam woman sent another signal to the national competition: international starting places only go through her.
The World Cup ninth Claudine Vita (SC Neubrandenburg; 62.69 m) finished second, almost three meters behind. Julia Harting (SCC Berlin; 61.17 m) finally came back with the first litters over 60 meters after her baby break. With these dimensions, the trio made it clear that strong form will be required for a medal at the German Championships in Braunschweig (8/9 August). All three have not thrown any further this summer.
David Storl approaches the 21 meters again
This also applies to the winner of the men David Wrobel (SC Magdeburg). The World Cup participant prevailed at 64.24 meters with only two centimeters ahead of the British Lawrence Okoye (64.22 m). Third was Clemens Prüfer (SC Potsdam) with 63.66 meters to within ten centimeters of his best performance, which he had set up in the same place last year.
Shot put David Storl (SC DHfK Leipzig) is also in better shape. The two-time world champion heaved his work tool to 20.84 meters. The 29-year-old has not yet come that close to the 21-meter mark after his injury worries last summer. Sarah Schmidt (LV 90 Erzgebirge) won the women with 16.76 meters.