Europeans were in control during the men’s throwing events at the 2013 World Championships, earning all four gold medals. Two of the winners, both Germans, were repeat champions, while the other two earned their first World Championship medals.
Robert Harting of Germany gained his third consecutive World Championship discus gold medal, leading from the second round forward and topping out at 69.11 meters (226 feet, 8 inches) in the fourth round. Poland's Piotr Malachowski sat in third early in the competition but improved steadily and reached 68.36/224-3 in the fifth round to earn the silver medal. Gerd Kanter of Estonia threw 65.19/213-10 in the second round, then fouled on his last four tries but hung on for the bronze. Harting, who also captured the discus throw gold at the 2012 Olympics, now owns four World Championship medals, including a silver from 2007. Malachowski gained his third silver medal at a global championship, having finished second at the 2009 World Championships and the 2008 Olympics. Kanter has earned a medal in five consecutive World Championships, winning one gold, two silvers and two bronzes.
Vitezslav Vesely of the Czech Republic set a high first-round standard in the javelin throw final with a toss measuring 87.17/285-11. Vesely never came close to that distance again, but no one else matched him either, giving Vesely his first global championship medal, after taking fourth in the 2011 World Championships and 2012 Olympics. Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki – the 2007 World champion – steadily approached Vesely’s distance in the early rounds, but peaked just short at 87.07/285-8 in the third round to take the silver. Meanwhile, Julius Yego came within one round of earning Kenya’s first-ever World Championships field medal. Yego advanced from eighth place to third by throwing a national record 85.40/280-2 in the fifth round. But Russia’s Dmitri Tarabin, with the Moscow crowd cheering him on, threw 86.23/282-10 on his final try to take the bronze medal, leaving Yego in fourth.
Keshorn Walcott of Trinidad and Tobago, the surprising gold medalist at the 2012 Olympics, was a surprising non-qualifier at the 2013 World Championships as he finished 19th overall in the preliminary round.
Pawel Fajdek of Poland picked a good time to set a new personal best. The 24-year-old placed 11th in his only previous World Championship, in 2011, although he’d already displayed his promise by finishing fourth at the 2008 World Junior Championships. Fajdek owned a personal best of 81.39/267-0 through the 2012 season, but he didn’t top the 80-meter mark in 2013 until he tossed the hammer 81.97/268-11 in the first round of the World Championship final. The distance stood up to give Fajdek the gold over Hungary’s Krisztian Pars, who topped out at 80.30/263-5 in round one. Defending World champion Koji Murofushi of Japan was in third place through the first two rounds at 78.03/256-0, but Lukas Melich of the Czech Republic threw 79.36/260-4 in the third round to gain the bronze.
David Storl can thank a photographer for his second consecutive World Championship shot put title. For three rounds the German trailed American Ryan Whiting, who set a tough standard with an opening-round throw of 21.57/70-9¼. In the fourth round, Storl was called for a foul, but after his protest the judges consulted a cameraman's photos and reversed the decision, allowing Storl's 21.73/71-3½ throw to stand. The effort gave Storl – at 23 the youngest man in the final – the gold, with Whiting settling for silver. Storl's second-best throw wouldn't have beaten Whiting, so the reversed call saved Storl’s victory. Dylan Armstrong of Canada threw 21.34/70-0 in the fifth round to pass American Reese Hoffa and take the bronze medal. Whiting, the 2012 World Indoor champion, gained his first outdoor World Championship medal. Armstrong gained his second after taking the silver in the 2011 Championships in Daegu.
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