Gerd Kanter

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Gerd Kanter (born May 6, 1979 in Tallinn, Estonia) is an Estonian discus thrower.He competed at the 2004 Olympics, but did not reach the final. 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.

In the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he took gold with a throw of 68.82 meters, one meter ahead of second-place finisher Piotr Malachowski of Poland.

On September 4, 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 the third best in history – only Jürgen Schult (74.08 m, 1986) and Virgilijus Alekna (73.88 m, 2000) have thrown further.

On 15 March 2009 he won the European Cup Winter Throwing event in Los Realejos, Tenerife, Spain with 69.70. On 22 March 2009, he set a world indoor best 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.Jalava, Mirko (2009-08-19). . IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-22. 2009-09-08.Augustsson, Bert...
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