Events & Meetings

Hussong on the victory trail


With her opening throw at the European Athletics U23 Championships in Tallinn last summer, Christin Hussong sealed gold.

The javelin landed at 62.07m - no-one else broke 60m - and she extended her advantage with 65.60m in the fourth round for a personal best and a national age group record. A few weeks later in Beijing, the young German took that mark to 65.92m.

'It was unbelievable,' she said after her glory in Estonia. 'I don’t know how I threw that.'

Listening to her speak, it is easy to understand exactly how because regularly she talks about 'power' in the depth of her training and technique.

At 9 a.m. local time on Saturday, the next part of the Christin Hussong story will start to take shape as she returns to the spotlight of the javelin runway with her event, the first of the 16 competitions, both senior and under-23, at the European Throwing Cup in Arad.

She will be in Romania as the defending champion after an impressive victory (60.91m) in Leiria 12 months ago by over four metres.

It was a performance that led her on to Tallinn and then to Beijing where she stunned the field by finishing first in qualifying as she extended that personal best with her brilliant 65.92m.

She could not quite repeat that in the final where she finished sixth (62.98m). But it was quite a celebration for Germany as Hussong’s teammate Katharina Molitor (67.69m) won gold, succeeding Christina Obergföll (64.61m) who was fourth.

Along with Linda Stahl (who was 10th with 59.88m), it shows there is nothing like fierce domestic competition, particularly now in such a big year with the Amsterdam 2016 European Athletics Championships and Olympic Games in Rio.

Who will secure the three places up for grabs?

Hussong is the rising star among them and as she said to Leichtathletik: 'All four have the same opportunities. This is motivation to give everything in the winter and to fight.'

At 22, Hussong has developed that knack of winning major medals when she is young. It is a good feeling, and can be so important in the drive to repeat the emotion of standing on the podium.

In 2011 she was the world youth champion and in 2013, the European junior silver medallist before her under-23 gold last summer.

Set your clocks early to see what happens next in Arad on Saturday.

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