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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's Discus Throw

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (61.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 7)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Sadova and Dietzsch had both lost just twice in 2005, with Olympic Champion Sadova favoured to win in Helsinki. Cechlová and Song led the qualifiers. The final actually began on August 9 but was abandoned after two throws because of the terrible weather and then postponed for two days. Both Faumuina (62.73) and Sadova (64.33) produced their best throws in the opening round, but it was Dietzsch who achieved the best initial throw with 64.89. Cechlová moved into third in round two with 63.00 before cementing her position in with 63.19 in the fifth. Only Dietzsch was able to get beyond 64m after the first round, and she did so in the wet conditions with all of her throws, enabling her to pass her last round. Dietzsch was competing in her eighth championships; she won in 1999 but had otherwise not been on the podium. Her unrestrained joy in winning was reminiscent of Helena Fibingerová’s shot win in 1983, as she hugged as many officials as possible.
 The Women's Discus Throw event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 7 and August 11.
 
  Discus Throw 11 August
  Final

Event Report - Women Discus Throw Final

Dietzsch regains her crown

After finishing only 27th in the Olympic Games last year, Germany’s Franka Dietzsch regained the world discus title she won in Seville in 1999 this evening with a fourth round throw of 66.56.

The conditions could hardly have been more different from when she last won six years ago, and with the athletes throwing into a cold wind, this was never likely to be a final of massive distances.

In fact, Dietzsch’s winning mark is the lowest for a gold medal in world championships history. Having said that, she also had three other marks further than anyone else threw in the whole competition, so it was a dominating performance.

With the silver going to Russia’s Natalya Sadova for her first round effort of 64.33 and bronze to the Czech Republic’s Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova for her fifth round 63.19, this was also the lowest scoring discus final of any world championships. Never before has a medal been won with a throw of less than 65.00.

While the early evening rain had stopped, the throwers still spent much of their time trying to stay warm, many of them scurrying back into the shelter for their warm gear as soon as they had taken their throws.

Dietzsch, in her eighth world championships, took an early lead. Her first throw virtually landed on the tape marking 65 metres, more than a metre short of her best this year. It was measured as 64.89. Sadova, this year’s world leader, was the only one to get close to that in the first round. Her first round effort landed side up in the soft turf at 64.33.

At the end of the first round only five of the finalists had thrown more than 60 metres. One of those was the world leader Pospisilova-Cechlova and she improved in the second round to 63.00 to move into third place.

The powerful Dietzsch looked the most determined all night, and the most consistent. She reached 64.08 with her second and 64.36 with her third for a remarkably regular set of throws.

By contrast, Sadova struggled to find her rhythm. Her second round effort dropped at 60.63 and her third at 61.28.

At the half way stage, Dietzsch’s first round throw still held the lead from Sadova and Pospisilova-Cechlova. Romania’s 2001 silver medallist Nicoleta Grasu, who was lying 12th and last with a best of only 55.75, moved into fifth with her third throw of 62.05 winning her three more attempts. A throw of 59.37, by Ukraine’s Olena Antonova, was enough to make the cut.

Pospisilova-Cechlova her blond hair tied back by a stream of ribbons when she throws, spent the time between rounds with a woollen skull cap pulled tight around her ears. Dietzsch sat in the shelter and blew kisses at the camera, while Sadova went to talk to her husband and coach, Mikhail Sadova, at the side of the track and paced around the ribbon practising her style.

No one improved in the fourth round before Dietzsch connected with her big one. She knew as soon as it left her hand that it would be the winner. As the discus landed she threw her arms over her head, bounced on her knees and punched the night sky grinning broadly beneath her curly blond locks.

It was further than she has thrown this year, her previous best coming as long ago as the 21st May. Only Pospisilova-Cechlova has thrown further this season. She and Sadova, twice an Olympic silver medallist, now only had two attempts to make up the ground.

In the fifth round, the Czech improved to 63.19, but it wasn’t enough to take second place. Sadova managed 62.68, her second best but no way near good enough. Dietzsch, now full of confidence, whipped hers to 65.29, her second best but more than a metre further than anyone else had managed all night.

As the tension rose, Dietzsch and Sadova prowled around the ribbon waiting for their final attempts., while Pospisilova-Cechlova stood with her hands over her mouth staring down the stadium, as if looking for inspiration.

She didn’t find it. Her final throw landed short of 60 metres and she deliberately fouled. But she was happy enough to have a medal and bounced out of the circle with her finger pointed at the sky.

Sadova’s last fell at 61.59 and Dietzsch, declining to take her last throw, skipped around in joy, hugging everyone in sight, including the officials. Tears in her eyes she eventually made it to her coach and grabbed the German flag.

She couldn’t stop punching the air. She was a champion again.

1 Franka Dietzsch GER 22 Jan 68 66.56
2 Natalya Sadova RUS 15 Jul 72 64.33
3 Věra Cechlová CZE 19 Nov 78 63.19
4 Beatrice Faumuina NZL 23 Oct 74 62.73
5 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 11 Sep 71 62.05
6 Ma Shuli CHN 20 Jan 78 61.33
7 Dragana Tomašević SCG 4 Jun 82 60.56
8 Olena Antonova UKR 16 Jun 72 59.37
9 Nataliya Semenova UKR 7 Jul 82 58.44
10 Song Aimin CHN 15 Mar 78 57.90
11 Anna Söderberg SWE 11 Jun 73 57.41
12 Joanna Wiśniewska POL 24 May 72 57.06
Final 20:00h Team Dist. 1 2 3 4 5 6
1 Franka Dietzsch GER 66.56m 64.89 64.08 64.36 66.56 65.29 -
2 Natalya Sadova RUS 64.33m 64.33 60.63 61.28 62.31 62.68 61.59
3 Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova CZE 63.19m 60.76 63.00 X X 63.19 X
4 Beatrice Faumuina NZL 62.73m 62.73 X 57.70 61.01 60.94 57.42
5 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 62.05m 55.75 X 62.05 X X 61.49
6 Shuli Ma CHN 61.33m 59.21 58.38 61.33 58.15 58.22 59.36
7 Dragana Tomasevic SCG 60.56m 60.56 X X X 56.26 56.30
8 Olena Antonova UKR 59.37m 59.37 59.08 57.71 56.35 X 56.19
9 Natalya Fokina UKR 58.44m 58.44 57.20 55.09
10 Aimin Song CHN 57.90m 55.98 57.90 X
11 Anna Soderberg SWE &57.41m X 57.41 X
12 Joanna Wisniewska POL &57.06m 57.06 55.64 X
  Qualification 7 August

Event Report - Women Discus Throw Qualification

PospisilovaCechlova Top Of The Class

The clouds departed, the sun came out and it gave the discus qualifiers a lift.

Twice a finalist, but this time in with a chance of a medal, the Czech Republic’s Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova was second into the circle and seemed in a hurry to enjoy the good weather. She made no mistake, qualifying with her first throw, reaching out to 64.26 metres, more than three metres over the 61m qualifying mark and furthest of the morning.

She was rapidly followed into the changing room by the three-time Chinese champion Aimin song, 64.15 and this year’s Mediterranean Games champion from Serbia, Dragana Tomasevic, 62.02. Olympic fifth placer, Ukraine’s Olena Antonova, waited until the third round to creep over the pink tape by five centimetres.

Throwing first in group B, former champion Franka Dietzsch from Germany was in no mood for hanging around and went through to the final with her first throw of the day, 63.53. 2001 World Championship silver, Nicoleta Grasu of Romania followed suit with her first heave of 62.06, while Natalya Sadova shot to the top of the group qualifiers with 63.65 on her first attempt.

Getting into the top 12 without reaching the qualifying mark were from group A Joanna Wisniewska POL, 59.66, the remaining finalists coming from the second group: Anna Soderberg SWE, 59.94, former champion Beatrice Faumuina NZL, 59.81, Shuli Ma CHN, 59.43 and Natalya Fokina UKR, 59.30.

  Group A
1 Věra Cechlová CZE 19 Nov 78 64.26 Q
2 Song Aimin CHN 15 Mar 78 64.15 Q
3 Dragana Tomašević SCG 4 Jun 82 62.02 Q
4 Olena Antonova UKR 16 Jun 72 61.05 Q
5 Joanna Wiśniewska POL 24 May 72 59.66 q
6 Elizna Naude RSA 14 Sep 78 58.93
7 Oksana Yesipchuk RUS 13 Dec 75 58.32
8 Marzena Wysocka POL 17 Feb 69 57.44
9 Tereapii Tapoki COK 19 Apr 84 50.92
10 Aretha Thurmond USA 14 Aug 76 47.15
Neelam Jaswant Singh IND 8 Jan 71 DQ
  Group B
1 Natalya Sadova RUS 15 Jul 72 63.65 Q
2 Franka Dietzsch GER 22 Jan 68 63.53 Q
3 Nicoleta Grasu ROU 11 Sep 71 62.06 Q
4 Anna Söderberg SWE 11 Jun 73 59.94 q
5 Beatrice Faumuina NZL 23 Oct 74 59.81 q
6 Ma Shuli CHN 20 Jan 78 59.43 q
7 Nataliya Semenova UKR 7 Jul 82 59.30 q
8 Yania Ferrales CUB 28 Jul 77 58.38
9 Seilala Sua USA 25 Feb 78 57.68
10 Becky Breisch USA 16 Mar 83 57.16
11 Wioletta Potępa POL 14 Dec 80 56.31
 
Group A 11:30h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Vera Pospisilova-Cechlova CZE 64.26m 64.26
2 Aimin Song CHN 64.15m 64.15
3 Dragana Tomasevic SCG 62.02m 62.02
4 Olena Antonova UKR 61.05m 58.28 60.01 61.05
5 Joanna Wisniewska POL 59.66m 59.28 59.66 58.47
6 Elizna Naude RSA 58.93m 56.19 X 58.93
7 Oksana Yesipchuk RUS 58.32m X 57.71 58.32
8 Marzena Wysocka POL 57.44m X 57.44 X
9 Neelam Jaswant Singh IND 56.70m 56.70 X 53.07
10 Tereapii Tapoki COK 50.92m X 49.22 50.92
11 Aretha Thurmond USA 47.15m 45.43 47.15 41.88
Group B 12:40h Team Dist. 1 2 3
1 Natalya Sadova RUS 63.65m 63.65
2 Franka Dietzsch GER 63.53m 63.53
3 Nicoleta Grasu ROM 62.06m 62.06
4 Anna Soderberg SWE 59.94m 56.50 56.70 59.94
5 Beatrice Faumuina NZL 59.81m 59.81 57.36 X
6 Shuli Ma CHN 59.43m 59.43 58.07 59.13
7 Natalya Fokina UKR 59.30m 57.63 58.65 59.30
8 Yania Ferrales CUB 58.38m 58.38 57.86 X
9 Seilala Sua USA 57.68m X X 57.68
10 Becky Breisch USA 57.16m X 57.16 X
11 Wioletta Potepa POL 56.31m 56.31 X X

Group A 07 AUG 2005 11:30 

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 569 Joanna Wisniewska POL POL 63.97 62.50
2 167 Vera Pospíšilová-Cechlová CZE CZE 67.71 66.81
3 608 Elizna Naude RSA RSA 63.17 63.17
4 570 Marzena Wysocka POL POL 64.57 64.57
5 739 Olena Antonova UKR UKR 67.30 65.89
6 115 Aimin Song CHN CHN 65.33 65.23
7 357 Neelam Jaswant Singh IND IND 64.55 60.65
8 133 Tereapii Tapoki COK COK 53.17 53.17
9 679 Dragana Tomašević SCG SCG 62.43 62.43
10 831 Aretha Thurmond USA USA 65.86 64.56
11 674 Oksana Esipchuk RUS RUS 63.68 62.18

Group B 07 AUG 2005 12:40 

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2005
1 291 Franka Dietzsch GER GER 69.51 66.29
2 563 Wioletta Potepa POL POL 63.67 63.67
3 829 Seilala Sua USA USA 65.90 61.82
4 534 Beatrice Faumuina NZL NZL 68.52 65.09
5 114 Shuli Ma CHN CHN 62.50 62.50
6 780 Becky Breisch USA USA 63.53 63.53
7 745 Nataliya Semenova UKR UKR 63.11 62.80
8 591 Nicoleta Grasu ROU ROU 68.80 64.89
9 150 Yania Ferrales CUB CUB 64.52 64.52
10 713 Anna Söderberg SWE SWE 64.54 61.26
11 661 Natalya Sadova RUS RUS 70.02 66.29

 

 

 

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