Robert Harting

Robert Harting (* October 18 1984 in Cottbus ) is a German discus thrower and Olympic champion in this discipline as well as the reigning world and European champions. In December 2012, he was named Athlete of the Year chosen in Germany.

Childhood and Education

Robert Harting was born as the eldest son of Gerd and Bettina Harting in Cottbus. Both parents were former athletes in the GDR system. The father, an offset printer , was also discus thrower, his mother, a nurse , was shot putter . [1] Harting has a younger brother, Christopher (* 1990), which is also discus thrower and 2012 German Champion (U23) was. [2] [3]

Harting played from the age of ten Handball at USC Cottbus. He changed from 13 Age to the LC Cottbus. [1] He went with success the discus and shot put after the age of 17 and moved in 2001 to LG Nike Berlin . From 2004, Harting, who pushed the ball to the 18-meter and Vice youth champion in this discipline had become concentrated only on the discus throw. [4]

Robert Harting lives in Berlin , where he served as Staff Sergeant / Sergeant candidates [5] Sports soldier of sports promotion group of the Bundeswehr is. He joined the sports club SC Charlottenburg in [6] and studied at the University of Arts Berlin [7] Corporate and Business Communications. [8] Among his hobbies, he is one of the abstract painting . [1]

He is the discus thrower Julia Fischer dating.
Sporting success

2001 Harting was Vice World Junior Champion. German youth champion, he was also from 2001 to 2003 in the discus in 2003 and also in the shot put . In 2006 he was European U23 champion. This year he also took part in the European Championships in Gothenburg in part. There, however, he missed, with 59.87 m lying in 13th place, just the final of the top twelve.

In 2007 he had hitherto been his most successful season. In July, he was in Erfurt with 63,79 m German master . In the two years before he became vice-champion, and in 2004 he finished fourth.

Finally, in August was followed by participation in the World Championships in Osaka . He won there with 66.68 meters surprising silver medal and had only the Estonians Gerd Kanter beaten.

2008 Harting could defend as well as in subsequent years, his national title. At the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, he finished in fourth place. [9]
Harting after winning the world title in Daegu 2011

At the Athletics World Championships 2009 in Berlin Harting was having a width of 69.43 m World Champion and celebrated its then largest sporting success. The following year he won at the 2010 European Championships in Barcelona the silver medal. 2011 he defended in Daegu his title with a length of 68.97 m and dedicated the medal to his fallen comrades in Afghanistan Bundeswehr Mark Matthes . [10] [11]

After he had all season knee injury, he was in October 2011 at the patellar tendon surgery, [12] but still giving him problems. [13]

Harting exceeded 19 May 2012 at the bowler days in Halle (Saale) for the first time the 70-meter mark and thus increased his personal best of 70.31 meters. [14] Three days later, he improved his record in athletics meeting in Turnov again on 70 , 66 m. [15] Harting joined the European Championships 2012 in Helsinki , and was having a width of 68.30 m for the first time in his career European Champion. [16]

At the 2012 Olympic Games in London Harting won with a try scored in the fifth length of 68.27 m the gold medal. [17] It was the first Olympic champion in athletics for Germany since the year 2000 .

Harting defended at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow reached a length of 69.11 meters a second time his world championship title.
Controversy

Before the World Championships in Berlin in 2009 Harting advocated the release of doping substances. [18] During the World Championships in Berlin Harting was critical to an action of doping victims of the GDR . Part of this campaign was the distribution of cardboard glasses to the audience, to make bold attention to the further held in secret abuse of prohibited means [18] . For this purpose, Harting commented: “If the discussion comes up, he will jump right to the glasses, so that really see anything.” [19] The statement was both the German Athletics Association sharply criticized as well by the public. However, the DLV Vice President Eike Emrich was announced in a statement the following: “With the request for forbearance Robert Harting argues that the tension of the qualifying competition and influence was still felt had led to unacceptable utterances. This was reinforced by the fact that discussions about the problem of doping in the past repeatedly had disturbed his concentration on the preparation. “Robert Harting played with his comments on the criticism of his coach Werner Goldmann of which was associated with doping in the GDR era . [20]

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