Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania and Michael Salzer of Germany were the leading contestants in tonight’s men’s Discus Throw final in Moncton both having thrown over 65 metres this year.
As it turned out Gudzius was the only thrower to have a decent competition with three throws beyond 63 metres and his winning 63.78 coming in round 5 while Salzer had a disastrous day scraping through the top 8 with 59.51 in round 3 and not being able to improve on that mark ending a disappoint eighth.
Romania’s Andrei Gag closed the first round with a new personal best 61.85 which catapulted him in the lead and little did he know his mark would eventually earn him silver.
Gudzius held the next best mark after round 1 at 60.80 and it didn’t take long for him to set the record straight his next effort being measured at 63.45. Julian Wruck of Australia also threw his best of the night with his second effort 61.09, an effort which would eventually be long enough for bronze in an uneventful final.
Bydgoszcz bronze medallist Mykyta Nesterenko of the Ukraine and Jamaica’s Chad Wright were the only two other men to break 60 metres tonight with 60.54 and 60.33 respectively finishing fourth and fifth.
Such was Gudzius’ domination that four of his five measured efforts would have earned him the gold medal.