David Storl of Germany celebrates winning the Men's Shot Put at the 2008 World Junior Champs (Getty Images) © Copyright
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Germany’s Storl breaks World junior record in the 6 kg Shot Put with 22.34m

old David Storl crowned the traditional Juniors’ Meeting in Mannheim, Germany, this weekend, when he broke the World junior record in the Shot Put (6 kg).

The German became the first ever athlete to achieve a throw beyond the 22m mark with the 6 kg weight with his 22.34 effort. He actually improved the World record twice during the competition on Saturday evening (13th June).

After opening with a personal best of 21.60m he then achieved 22.18m in round two and 22.34m with his next attempt. After that Storl continued with 21.21m, 21.81m and 21.47m. The German improved the seven-year-old World junior record of Edis Elkasevic (Croatia), who had thrown 21.96m in Zagreb in 2002.

In the German senior rankings Storl places fifth at present with 18.93m. But during this year’s indoor season he had already progressed to 19.48m. To achieve the A standard for the IAAF World Championships he would have to improve to 20.30m. The B standard is 20.00m. Behind Ralf Bartels and Peter Sack a possible third slot for Berlin is still at stake.

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF