World discus champion Daniel Stahl’s first-round throw of 68.10m at the Folksam Grand Prix withstood a sustained challenge from fellow Swede Simon Pettersson at the World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting in Karlstad on Wednesday (8).
Stahl’s opening effort gave him a huge lead at the end of the first round and he went on to back it up with throws of 63.50m and 65.95m in the second and third rounds. But Pettersson, who was in second place at the half-way point with 63.10m, found his rhythm in the second half of the competition and improved to 64.30m in round four.
Stahl responded with 66.07m, but Pettersson continued to improve, throwing 66.80m. Pettersson saved his best mark for the final round, sending his discus out to 66.90m, just 20 centimetres shy of his lifetime best and little more than a metre short of Stahl’s leading mark.
On a night when wind and rain hampered performances, pole vault world record-holder Mondo Duplantis also managed to salvage a victory.