Gerd Kanter entered the 2008 Olympics as the favorite to bring a gold medal home to Estonia. He didn't disappoint the fans back home, winning the discus competition with a throw measuring 68.82 meters (225 feet, 9.5 inches).
On top of the world:
Kanter supplanted Virgilijus Alekna as the world’s top-ranked discus thrower in 2007, when Kanter won the World Outdoor Championship. Kanter and Alekna were one-two in the world in the first half of 2008, with Kanter’s best throw of 71.88 meters (235-9.9) leading Alekna’s 71.25.
Kanter competed, on average, every other week in 2007, winning 20 of his 25 meets. In addition to winning the World Championship, his other major victories included the IAAF World Athletics Final and the European Cup Winter Throwing event.
Kanter moved up the world charts in 2005 when he earned the World Championship silver medal. He won his first world title with a 68.94-meter (226-2.2) toss in Osaka in 2007. He took 10th in his first Olympics, in 2004. Entering the Beijing Games, Kanter’s career best throw measured 73.38 meters (240-9), the third best toss of all time.
- Height: 6-5
- Weight: 265
- Age: 29
- Birth date: May 6, 1979
- Hometown: Tallin, Estonia
- World Championships: Two