As expected, the Internationales Stadionfest Berlin (ISTAF) once again delivered a superlative athletics spectacle. Two wins by German athletes, a world record, seven personal bests, a teary farewell and a 48,500-strong crowd of impassioned fans in Berlin’s Olympic stadium – the summarised outcome of this latest episode in the ISTAF series.
The crowd put the autumnal weather to shame at the 74th edition of the ISTAF on 6th September 2015. Although the rain stopped shortly before the start of the event, the wet stadium, blustery conditions and temperatures as low as 15°C made things unpleasant for all concerned – especially the 148 contestants.
In the first of 15 disciplines javelin world champion Katharina Molitor took second place with a throw of 61.19m, 2.05m off the winning throw of Israeli Margarita Doroshon. Shot put world champion Christina Schwanitz and hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas went one better, holding off the competition and attracting thunderous applause for their two victories for Germany. The wet and chilly conditions caused problems for shot putter David Storl, who took the silver medal, as he did at the World Championships in Peking.
74th ISTAF with world-class athletes from 39 nations – 20 medallists from Peking among the competitors
Seven days after the close of the World Athletics Championships a raft of stars will be in Berlin’s Olympic stadium for a repeat of their showdowns in Peking. The 74th Internationales Stadionfest in Berlin (ISTAF) will see 148 athletes from 39 nations vying for supremacy in 15 star-studded disciplines. As in 2014 they will be introduced to the public against a backdrop of music, lights and pyrotechnics unique in the world of athletics meetings. The ISTAF will again be televised in over 160 countries.
The ISTAF will feature 20 medallists from the World Championships in Peking, among them five world champions. Competitors at the 74th edition of this long-established tournament will also include three Olympic winners and 14 world champions and 17 European champions from previous championships. The athletes attending the ISTAF have a combined total of 117 medals earned at international competitions (Olympic Games, world championships and various continental championships).
ISTAF to include German medallists and six world champions from Peking – but no Robert Harting
The 74th Internationales Stadionfest (ISTAF) in Berlin’s Olympic stadium this Sunday is expected to feature at least six world champions and seven of the eight German medallists from the World Athletics Championships in Peking.
Anita Wlodarczyk (hammer), Piotr Malachowski (discus, Poland), Shawnacy Barber (pole vault, Canada) and Maryna Arzamasova (800 metres, Belarus) have joined German titleholders Christina Schwanitz (shot put) and Katharina Molitor (javelin) in confirming their attendance. All will be up against world-class fields as they go about defending their achievements in China.
On Wednesday Olympic discus champion Robert Harting cancelled his planned comeback at the ISTAF. A year after rupturing cruciate and collateral ligaments in his left knee the Berliner is still beset by problems of joint instability. Robert Harting: „That means there’s still a chance I’ll injure myself, and I don’t want to risk that with the Olympic Games coming up next year. My trainer Torsten Schmidt and I have also altered my training schedule. I’ll be at the ISTAF on Sunday, watching the discus competition with a heavy heart. But I’m already looking forward to the duel between world champ and Olympic champ at the ISTAF next year!”