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Storl improves World junior Shot Put record to 22.73m

15 July 2009For the second time in a little more than a month, Germany’s David Storl improved the World Junior Record* in the Shot Put (6k).

The 18-year-old this time achieved 22.73m at a small meeting in Osterode (Harz/Germany) on Tuesday evening (14). According to the German federation’s website Leichtathletik.de former Olympic Shot Put Ccampion Udo Beyer was among the spectators in Osterode.

Storl opened his competition with 21.14m and then produced three invalid attempts before improving to 22.29m in round five. With his final attempt he managed to break his own standard with a 22.73m heave. Storl had come to Osterode after a training camp in Kienbaum near Berlin. Second placed Hendrik Müller achieved 19.96m.

It was in Mannheim on 13 June when Storl improved the seven-year-old World junior record of Edis Elkasevic (Croatia / 21.96m in Zagreb in 2002) to 22.34m. Now he added another impressive 39 centimetres to the mark. That makes him the big favourite at the upcoming European Junior Championships. Storl might also still be nominated for the German team for the IAAF World Championships in Berlin (15 – 23 August). For now he is not on the team sheet, but the federation will add a set of names by the beginning of August.

Another German thrower did well in Osterode: Stephan Steding won the Javelin with 81.28m from Tino Häber (79.05m). Claudia Hoffmann, usually a 400m runner, did well trying the 800m, winning with 2:03.38.

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF

*pending the usual ratification procedures