Robert HARTING

Germany GER

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    3
  • First Olympic Games
    Beijing 2008
  • Year of Birth
    1984
Olympic Results

Biography

Robert HARTING

Following a boisterous victory celebration at London 2012, German discus thrower Robert Harting earned the nickname “Incredible Hulk”, and has since lived up to it by racking up further European and world titles.

Steady progress

Born in Cottbus in the former German Democratic Republic, Robert Harting threw his first discus at the age of 15, in 2000. The following year, he earned a silver medal at the World Youth Championships. After prevailing at the 2005 European U23 Championships with a throw of 64.50m, he took part in his first major senior competition, the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg (SWE), but failed to advance past the qualifying round.

In 2007, the up-and-coming athlete enjoyed a breakthrough moment, taking silver with a throw of 68.68m at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka (JPN), and took his strong form into his first Olympic Games in Beijing, where he finished fourth in a final won by Estonia’s Gerd Kanter.

Series of successes

At the 2009 Worlds in Berlin (GER), Harting claimed his first global crown, recording a career-best performance of 69.43m. Two years later in Daegu (KOR), having dominated at IAAF events throughout the season, he successfully defended his title by throwing 68.97m on his fourth attempt. Then, in Helsinki (FIN) in May 2012, he twice surpassed the 70m mark as he triumphed at the European Championships for the first time.

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Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Rio 2016

#15 r1/2
Discus Throw
Discus Throw Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

London 2012

G
Discus Throw
Discus Throw Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Beijing 2008

#4
Discus Throw
Discus Throw Athletics