Christoph Harting keeps discus gold in the family with final throw

Christoph Harting hurled the discus 68.37m with his last throw of the final to dramatically keep the Olympic title safely in the family.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Published:August 14, 2016 2:46 am
Harting-m Christoph Harting’s brother Robert won the gold medal in London four years ago but failed to get through qualifying round. (Source: Reuters)

German Christoph Harting hurled the discus 68.37 metres with his last throw of the final to dramatically snatch the Olympic title from Piotr Malachowski and keep it safely in the family.

Harting’s brother Robert won the gold medal in London four years ago but failed to get through qualifying after suffering a back injury while trying to switch off a lamp with his foot from his bed.

That appeared to clear the way for the year’s form thrower Malachowski and the big Pole did not disappoint with long throws on his first three attempts that would have been good enough for gold until Harting’s final attempt.

Malachowski had a chance to get back in front with the last throw of the competition but could not surpass Harting or improve on his earlier 67.55, settling for silver ahead of German bronze medallist Daniel Jasinski (67.05).

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