Wednesday, August 20, 2008
By throwing the discus at 68.82 metres, Gerd Kanter became for the first time Olympic Champion. If you walk back one metre you will the mark of the Polish man Malachowski who ranks second and third the Lithuanian Alekna for only 3 centimetres (67,79m). Estonia was also represented by A. Tammert, who finishes last of the finals with 61.38m.
This is a big success a huge reward for the Team Kanter who, after the disapointment of Athens 2004 decided to work hard. The results are astonishing:
- 2nd at the World Championship in Helsinki in 2005 with 68m57
- 2nd at the European Championship in Goteborg in 2006 with 68m03 2006)
- 1st at the World Championship in Osaka in 2007 with 68m94
- and now the Gold Medal in Peking 2008.
To celebrate his victory, Kanter did the traditional round of the stadium but he added a personal touch: a 100m sprint to show the Estonian flag flying.
Estonia now has 2 medals after the silver won by the rowing team made of Jaanson and Endrekson.