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Harting wins gold in discus

August 13, 2013

Robert Harting has taken the gold medal in the discus at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow. This was the German’s third straight world title.

Robert Harting of Germany celebrates after winning the men's Discus Throw final at the 14th IAAF World Championships at Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, Russia, 13 August 2013. EPA/KERIM OKTEN
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Harting fought off a back injury for a winning throw of 69.11 meters in his fourth attempt at Moscow's Luzniki Stadium. This was the fourth-longest throw of the athletics season.

Piotr Malachowski of Poland, the only man to have broken the 70-meter mark this season, took the silver, with a throw of 68.36 meters. Estonian Gerd Kanter's 65.19-meter throw was good enough for the bronze.

"It was a really good competition with a good, happy end," Harting's coach, Werner Goldmann, told the German public television station ZDF.

Following the win, the 28-year-old Harting delivered his trademark celebration to a mass of photographers, tearing off his vest before setting out on a lap of honor around the track.

The Berlin-based discus thrower admitted to reporters that he had been in a lot of pain during the competition.

"Sometimes it hurts, there is no denying it. This is high-performance sport," Harting said. "When the adrenaline is flowing, you have to come through. I could have easily finished second, though."

This was Germany's second gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Moscow, and it came a day after Raphael Holzdeppe surprised everybody by winning in the men's pole vault. This made Holzdeppe the first-ever German man to win gold in the pole vault.

pfd/mkg (sid, dpa)