The Internationales Stadionfest in Berlin (ISTAF) has never had a pole-vault competition like it! All five medallists from the World Championships in Peking will be converging on Berlin for the world’s oldest and best-attended athletics meeting on 6th September.
The line-up will include the surprise world champion Shawnacy Barber (Canada), the Peking silver medallist Raphael Holzdeppe (Zweibrücken), world record holder Renaud Lavillenie (France) and Piotr Lisek and Pawel Wojciechowski from Poland, who took bronze with vaults that equalled the height cleared by Lavillenie.
The men’s pole vault in Peking’s Olympic stadium was a thrilling competition with an unforeseen outcome. Few experts would have predicted that the French supremo, Lavillenie, would once again be thwarted in his bid for his first World Championship gold, such had been the strength of his appearances so far this season, with two 6-metre vaults. Yet after clearing 5.80m at his first attempt he failed three times with the bar at 5.90m, a height which Shawnacy Barber vaulted in one go and title holder Raphael Holzdeppe in two attempts. Neither managed 6 metres.
And now they are all pitching up for the re-match at the 74th ISTAF in Berlin.
Christina Schwanitz takes Germany’s first gold at World Athletics Championships. Rivals poised to even score!
She has achieved her dream – and the 74th Internationales Stadionfest in Berlin (ISTAF) is looking forward to its first world champion fresh from Peking.
Following up on her European Championships win in 2014 Christina Schwanitz took gold at the World Championships in Peking’s Olympic stadium, beating her closest rival by 7 centimetres with her third throw of 20.37m. Chinese Lijiao Gong managed 20.30m and the American Michelle Carter 19.76m. Germany’s first German medallist from the Peking championships will naturally be a contender at the ISTAF in Berlin’s Olympic stadium on 6th September!
Chinese Lijiao Gong had the home advantage in the Bird’s Nest stadium and racked up 20.30 metres with her first throw. Floundering with a first attempt of 19.80, Christina Schwanitz rallied with throws of 20.00 and 20.37 metres to win Germany’s first shot put gold since Astrid Kumbernuss’ third gold medal sixteen years ago! Christina Schwanitz: “I wasn’t expecting a nail-biting competition like that.