Gerd Kanter (born 6 May 1979) is a retired Estonian discus thrower. He was the 2007 World Champion in the event and won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and bronze in London 2012. His personal best throw of 73.38 m is the Estonian record and the third best mark of all-time.
He made his first Olympic appearance in 2004 and established himself a year later by taking the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. He was runner-up at the 2006 European Athletics Championships and won further medals at the World Championships in 2009 (bronze) and 2011 (silver).
|Born||6 May 1979|
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||127 kg (280 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||73.38 m (2006)|
He competed at the 2004 Olympics, but did not reach the final. The season 2005 was his breakthrough year as he won silver medals at the World Championships and World Athletics Final, took home a victory in the European Cup and won the World University Games. He also threw more than 70 metres for the first time.
On 4 September 2006 in Helsingborg, Sweden, Kanter threw more than 70 metres in four different rounds (69.46 – 72.30 – 70.43 – 73.38 – 70.51 – 65.88). The best mark of 73.38 m was an Estonian record and the third best in history – only Jürgen Schult (74.08 m, 1986) and Virgilijus Alekna (73.88 m, 2000) have thrown further.
Kanter was the silver medalist at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, finishing behind Virgilijus Alekna, and became the world champion in the discus at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he took Olympicgold medal with a throw of 68.82 meters, one meter ahead of second-place finisher Piotr Malachowski of Poland.
In March 2009 he won the European Cup Winter Throwing event in Los Realejos, Tenerife, Spain with 69.70 m. On 22 March 2009, he set a world indoor best of 69.51 m in Växjö, Sweden. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he returned to defend his world title. He had a best throw of 66.88 m, which was enough for the World bronze medal. He took victory in the Wexiö Indoor Throwing competition in 2010, although his winning throw was some way behind his indoor record set the previous year. Still, he started strongly outdoors, having a long early-season throw of 71.45 m in California – the eleventh best throw ever at that point.
He finished just outside the medals at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, coming fourth, but managed to win the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics behind Robert Harting. He ended that year with a season's best throw of 67.99 m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial.
He retired from competition after the 2018 season.
|2001||European U23 Championships||Amsterdam, Netherlands||5th||57.73 m|
|2002||European Championships||Munich, Germany||12th||55.14 m|
|2003||World Championships||Paris, France||25th (q)||56.63 m|
|2004||Olympic Games||Athens, Greece||19th (q)||60.05 m|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||5th||63.28 m|
|2005||World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||2nd||68.57 m|
|Universiade||İzmir, Turkey||1st||65.29 m|
|World Athletics Final||Monte Carlo, Monaco||2nd||66.01 m|
|2006||European Championships||Gothenburg, Sweden||2nd||68.03 m|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||2nd||68.47 m|
|2007||World Championships||Osaka, Japan||1st||68.94 m|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||1st||66.54 m|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||1st||68.82 m|
|World Athletics Final||Stuttgart, Germany||1st||68.38 m|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||3rd||66.88 m|
|2010||European Championships||Barcelona, Spain||4th||66.20 m|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||2nd||66.95 m|
|2012||European Championships||Helsinki, Finland||2nd||66.53 m|
|Olympic Games||London, Great Britain||3rd||68.03 m|
|2013||World Championships||Moscow, Russia||3rd||65.19 m|
|2014||European Championships||Zurich, Switzerland||2nd||64.75 m|
|2015||World Championships||Beijing, China||4th||64.82 m|
|2016||European Championships||Amsterdam, Netherlands||3rd||65.27 m|
|Olympic Games||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||5th||65.10 m|
|2017||World Championships||London, United Kingdom||12th||60.00 m|
|2018||European Championships||Berlin, Germany||5th||64.34 m|
| Estonian Sportsman of the Year
The Men's Discus Throw at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 6 and August 7.2006 European Athletics Championships – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw at the 2006 European Athletics Championships were held at the Ullevi on August 10 and August 12.2007 World Championships in Athletics – Men's discus throw
The Men's Discus Throw event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics took place on August 26, 2007 (qualification) and August 28, 2007 (final) at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan.2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's discus throw
The Men's Discus Throw event at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Olympic Stadium on August 18 and August 19.
As the only man to throw in excess of seventy metres that season, reigning world and Olympic champion Gerd Kanter of Estonia was the event favourite. Veteran athlete Virgilijus Alekna, the last athlete to beat Kanter in competition, was a strong medal possibility. Olympic silver medallist Piotr Malachowski was another contender, as was German Robert Harting who won silver at the previous world championships. The season had been of a high standard, with a number of athletes throwing over 65 m, including Frank Casañas, Bogdan Pishchalnikov and Zoltán Kővágó.On the first day of competition, qualification went smoothly as many of the highest ranked athletes qualified for the final on their first throw, with seven of them passing the automatic qualification mark of 64.50 m. Casañas and Estonia's number two Aleksander Tammert were the only high-profile athletes to be eliminated. Home competitor Harting had the best throw of the day (66.81), and Kővágó and Kanter were the next best qualifiers.In the final, Malachowski and Harting started very well on their first throws, with the former taking the lead with a Polish record-breaking throw, while the latter recorded a season's best. The pre-event favourites Kanter and Alekna were unable to challenge the two, as the Estonian took the bronze with his fourth round throw of 66.88 m and the Lithuanian never bettered his first throw of the day (66.36 m) and finished up in fourth place. Consistently throwing better than the rest of the field, Harting and Malachowski battled for the top spot. The Pole improved his lead with 69.15 m in the fifth round, another national record, but Harting took the gold with his final throw of the competition, recording a personal best of 69.43 m.The victory for the home athlete was marred by his controversial comments regarding an initiative by victims of doping in East Germany. Former East German athletes, who had suffered through the state-sponsored doping program in the 1980s, were distributing glasses outside the stadium to encourage people not to "turn a blind eye" to doping. Harting said that he wished his discus would bounce from the ground and hit wearers in the eyes, but he later retracted and apologise for his statement.2010 European Athletics Championships – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw at the 2010 European Athletics Championships was held at the Estadi Olímpic Lluís Companys on 31 July and 1 August.2011 World Championships in Athletics – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Daegu Stadium on August 29 and 30.
Defending champion Robert Harting was a clear winner, with three throws better than silver medalist Gerd Kanter.2012 European Athletics Championships – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw at the 2012 European Athletics Championships was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on 29 and 30 June.2013 World Championships in Athletics – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Luzhniki Stadium on 12–13 August.The three automatic qualifiers turned out to be the three players in this event. On the second throw of the competition Piotr Małachowski took the lead which lasted for about a minute before Gerd Kanter made his first attempt. It was Robert Harting's second attempt that took the lead he would not relinquish. In the fourth round he unleashed his winner at 69.11. Between World Championships and Olympics, he continued his streak of four straight golds. Małachowski's fifth round 68.36 continued his streak of three silvers behind Harting in the same championships. Kanter, Harting's predecessor in both titles, held on for bronze.2014 European Athletics Championships – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw at the 2014 European Athletics Championships will take place at the Letzigrund on 12 and 13 August.2015 World Championships in Athletics – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Beijing National Stadium on 27 and 29 August.Three time defending champion Robert Harting and his exuberant celebrations would not be here due to knee surgery, opening up opportunities for others. Returning silver medalist Piotr Małachowski is the world leader hoping to move up a notch. In the trials, it took Fedrick Dacres one toss to make an automatic qualifier, Małachowski took three attempts to do, but nobody else could get there.
In the finals, Małachowski took the lead on the second throw of the competition with a 65.09, the next thrower was Dacres who put out a 64.22. Later in the round, 36-year-old Gerd Kanter threw 64.82 to take over second. In the second round Małachowski solidified his lead by throwing 67.40 which turned out to be the gold medal winning throw. Three throws later Apostolos Parellis threw 64.55 to take over third. In the third round, Philip Milanov popped a 66.90 Belgian National Record to take over second place. There were no other fireworks until the fifth round when Małachowski's Polish teammate, Robert Urbanek got off a 65.18 to claim the bronze medal.Athletics at the 2005 Summer Universiade – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw event at the 2005 Summer Universiade was held on 16–17 August in Izmir, Turkey.Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw event at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 16–19 August at the Beijing National Stadium.The qualifying standards were 64.50 m (211.61 ft) (A standard) and 62.50 m (205.05 ft) (B standard).Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's discus throw
The men's discus throw competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 6–7 August. Each athlete receives three throws in the qualifying round. All who achieve the qualifying distance progress to the final. If less than twelve athletes achieve this mark, then the twelve furthest throwing athletes reach the final. Each finalist is allowed three throws in last round, with the top eight athletes after that point being given three further attempts.Six made the automatic qualifier to the finals, Ehsan Haddadi, Jorge Fernandez and Robert Harting on their first attempt. The top qualifier was defending champion Gerd Kanter, but it took him three throws to get a distance that would qualify. The #10 qualifier was two-time champion Virgilijus Alekna.
In the final, most improved their distances by several meters. Alekna launched a 67.38 on the third throw of the competition. Four throws later, Haddadi took the lead with a 68.18, with Harting moving into second place with 67.79. That was the situation through the first four rounds. Kanter made minor improvements, but was out of the medals until his fifth throw of 68.03, knocking Alekna out of his fourth straight medal. Two throws later, Harting launched the winner, going just 9 cm beyond Haddadi with a 68.27. The 2.01m, 130 kg. Harting celebrated his medal on his victory lap skillfully jumping over the row of women's hurdles already on the track and doing a Hulk Hogan shirt rip.Discus throw
The discus throw (pronunciation) is a track and field event in which an athlete throws a heavy disc—called a discus—in an attempt to mark a farther distance than his or her competitors. It is an ancient sport, as demonstrated by the fifth-century-BC Myron statue, Discobolus. Although not part of the modern pentathlon, it was one of the events of the ancient Greek pentathlon, which can be dated back to at least to 708 BC, and is part of the modern decathlon.Discus throw at the World Championships in Athletics
The discus throw at the World Championships in Athletics has been contested by both men and women since the inaugural edition in 1983. The competition format typically has one qualifying round contested by two groups of athletes, with all those clearing the qualifying height or placing in top twelve overall advancing to the final round.
In the 2015 World Championships in Athletics the qualifying distance for men was 65.00 m and for women 63.00 m.
The championship records for the event are 70.17 m for men, set by Virgilijus Alekna in 2005, and 71.62 m for women, set by Martina Hellmann in 1987.Estonia at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics
Estonia competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics from 15–23 August. A team of 19 athletes was announced in preparation for the competition. Selected athletes have achieved one of the competition's qualifying standards. The team includes reigning Olympic discus throw champion Gerd Kanter and European Indoor champions Mikk Pahapill and Ksenija Balta.Estonia at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Estonia competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom from 27 July to 12 August 2012. This was the nation's eleventh appearance at the Summer Olympics.
The Estonian Olympic Committee sent the nation's smallest delegation to the Games in the post-Soviet era. A total of 32 athletes, 22 men and 10 women, competed in 11 sports. Fifteen athletes had competed in Beijing, including two Olympic medalists (rower and silver medalist Tõnu Endrekson, and defending champion Gerd Kanter in men's discus throw). Rifle shooter Anžela Voronova, at age 43, was the oldest athlete of the team, while double sculls rower Geir Suursild was the youngest at age 17. Former Olympic bronze medalist Aleksander Tammert, who competed at his fifth Olympics, became Estonia's flag bearer at the opening ceremony. Among the sports played by the athletes, Estonia marked its Olympic return in archery after twenty-year absence, and in wrestling after an eight-year absence.
Estonia left London with only two medals (one silver and one bronze), failing to win a gold medal for the second time since 2004. Defending champion Gerd Kanter, however, settled only for the bronze medal in men's discus throw, while Heiki Nabi won the nation's first ever Olympic silver medal in Greco-Roman wrestling 76 years after Kristjan Palusalu's gold medal at the 1936 Summer Olympics.List of discus throw national champions (men)
Below a list of all national champions in the Men's Discus Throw event in track and field from several countries since 1980.Vésteinn Hafsteinsson
Vésteinn Hafsteinsson (born 12 December 1960 in Selfoss) is a retired discus thrower from Iceland, who represented his native country at four consecutive Summer Olympics, starting in 1984. His personal best is 67.64 metres, thrown on May 31, 1989 in Selfoss. Hafsteinsson competed in five consecutive World Championships, starting in 1983, but never reached the final. He previously coached World and Olympic champion Gerd Kanter and is currently coaching Daniel Ståhl.