After the discus finale: Robert Harting continues to rely on brother Christoph
Olympic champion Robert Harting predicts a difficult time for the German discus throwers after the medal award in Tokyo, but has not yet written off his brother. “I think we have to be prepared for a long dry spell, unless Christoph gets the corner again,” said the 36-year-old Berliner from the German press agency. He himself had won gold in London in 2012, his brother Christoph surprisingly in 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.
Gold won on Saturday evening (local time) by the Swedish favorite Daniel Stahl with 68.90 meters in front of his compatriot Simon Pettersson (67.39) and the Austrian Lukas Weißhaidinger (67.07). Daniel Jasinski from Wattenscheid, who was still decorated with bronze five years ago, and Clemens Prüfer (Potsdam) missed the top places in tenth and eleventh. “I found it really exciting. This is a huge success for the Swedish training group, ”said Robert Harting. “Daniel Jasinski lacked momentum. World class simply means performing consistently. “
The three-time world champion said he wrote over and over again during the finals with his brother Christoph, with whom he has a difficult relationship. “He asked me when I was coming to training. But I’m out, ”said Robert Harting, who ended his career three years ago.
Christoph Harting has never been able to build on great distances since his triumph in Rio. The 31-year-old was only nominated as a substitute for Tokyo. “His performance this year was good, he only really started again in February,” said the older brother. “He’s still one of those throwers who have the physique to throw in the front.”