David Storl debuts with a 21.24m victory in Nordhausen (Sylvia Spehr) © Copyright
General News 21 January 2012 – Nordhausen, Germany

In season’s debut, Storl reaches 21.24m to take down strong field in Nordhausen

Nordhausen, GermanyWith an outstanding season-opening performance before a sell-out crowd of 2000, reigning World Shot Put champion David Storl took top honours at the 12th International Energy Shot Put Indoor Event in Nordhausen, Germany, on Friday (20).

With his second effort the youngest-ever World champion in the event reached a distance of 21.24m to prevail over 2007 World champion Reese Hoffa of the U.S. who reached 21.14m.

Storl, who participated at this competition for the fifth time, was not only able to electrify the audience with his friendly and down-to-earth demeanor, but was also convincing as the youngest competitor among the strongest group of athletes the International Energy Shot Put Indoor has ever seen.

Storl, 21, threw beyond 21 metres with three of his five measured efforts. Opening with 21.14m, he reached his winner in the second round before following up with another 21.14m in round three. All three efforts were better than his pre-2012 indoor personal bests.

Christian Cantwell, the reigning World champion indoors, was third at 21.01m. The current Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski from Poland finished fourth, followed by Adam Nelson of the U.S., another former World champion. European Indoor European champion Ralf Bartels from Germany reached 19.67m to finish a distant sixth.

In a close women’s competition, Christina Schwanitz prevailed with a 19.06m effort over Nadine Kleinert who reached 18.96m.

Josephine Terlecki was third at 18.29m ahead of international guests Chiara Rosa of Italy (17.92m) and Dutchwoman Melissa Boekelman (17.44m).

Jesica Piper (organisers) for the IAAF