Andreas Thorkildsen

Two big goals for 2010 season in the bag

Eyes on the prize - Andreas Thorkildsen examines the Samsung Diamond League trophy in Stockholm (Johan Frick-Meijer)Eyes on the prize - Andreas Thorkildsen examines the Samsung Diamond League trophy in Stockholm (Johan Frick-Meijer) © Copyright

Norway's World and Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen may still have two more competitions to go, his 2010 season is already a huge success with European and Diamond League titles already under his belt... 

“I did it - I won the gold medal at the European Championships in Barcelona and have secured the Samsung Diamond League title!

“I collect gold medals, so it was great to win another one - I try to get as many as I can. It was an exciting competition too, as Germany's Matthias De Zordo set a big PB and came close to winning, but fortunately I was able to pull out an 88.37m throw to secure the win and achieve one of my main goals for the 2010 season.

“I haven't yet had the chance to celebrate the victory because I was only back at home for one day before heading off to Stockholm, where I suffered my first loss in the Samsung Diamond League series.

“It was a funny competition with not many throws over 80m, and my great rival Tero Pitkämäki got one up on me. But I bounced back in London and on that occasion it was Matthias who was my nearest challenger. It was an exciting competition and having someone near you makes it a lot more fun. My win in London gave me enough points to win the Samsung Diamond League javelin title - my second big goal of the year.

“Last week I competed in the Norwegian Championships and won with 87.10m. It's always great to compete in front of a home crowd. Coming from a small country, the expectation to win major championships like the Europeans is pretty high, but the level of interest probably isn't as great as there would be with the Olympics, for example.

“With my two big goals for 2010 already fulfilled, I only have a few competitions left - the first being the Brussels Samsung Diamond League meeting on Friday, and then the IAAF Continental Cup the following week in Split.

“I remember winning the World Cup four years ago in Athens, so I'm looking forward to another great competition and ending my year on a high. And then afterwards I will finally be able to celebrate a pretty successful season!

Until next time,”