With competition beginning, we may need to speed up some of these previews! Otherwise I could look silly predicting something that already happened, and getting it wrong.. So today, we’ll cover throws and Multi events. Links to parts 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
Defending Shot Put champion Adam Nelson (21.47 SB) will have a battle on his hands, primarily with his American team-mate Reese Hoffa, the reigning World Indoor champion, who threw a career best and world-leading 22.43m in London. Olympic bronze medallist Joachim Olsen (Denmark) continues to improve, most recently he improved his national record to 21.61.
Gerd Kanter (Estonia) is the world leader (72.02 from early May), but few can deny that the overwhelming Discus Throw favourite in Osaka will be Lithuanian Virgilijus Alekna. The two-time World and Olympic champion currently boasts the longest winning streak in the sport at 37 finals. He’s thrown beyond 70m four times this season, including a 71.56 season’s best.
With nine men throwing beyond 80m this season, the Hammer Throw will be among the more fiercely contested events at the Worlds. Of those, three – Vadim Devyatovskiy (82.94) and Ivan Tikhon (82.58) of Belarus and Slovenian national record holder Primoz Kozmus (82.30) have reached beyond 82m. Watch out for local hero Koji Murofushi, whilst below his best of previous years (79.24 sb), a big home-town boost could see him propelled back up into the medals and give the locals something more to smile about. Read the rest of this entry »