Gerd Kanter (38)

Discus Throw

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26 Nov 2016

Yesterday Gerd was selected male track&field athlete of the year.

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Gerd is male track&field athlete of the year
29 May 2016

65.08m throw in Tallinn

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Bio

Kanter started discus throwing at age 17. Under the supervision of his dad, Jaan Kanter. His first coach was Ando Palginõmm from Pärnu.

Kanter moved to Tallinn in 1998 and started business studies in Tallinn University Of Technology. Since then he was coached by Helgi Parts.

He graduated in 2001 and continued his studies in Estonian Business School. Due to a health problems of Helgi Parts, Aleksander Tammert Senior helped Kanter, until Raul Rebane recognized Kanter and started to build a team around him. Raul Rebane asked his friend, a former shot putter Uno Ojand to coach Kanter. Uno agreed although he hadn’t been a coach for 20 years. Soon Raul Rebane found Vesteinn Hafsteinsson, a Icelandic discus record holder (67.64 m). When he first saw Kanter he thought: „Yes, he can be the best!“ and soon they started to work. The goal was to improve slowly and consistently every year.

First years were rough, although Gerd improved constantly every year. During those years he broke a qualification barrier only once, in European Championships in Munich (2002), where he qualified with 63.66 m but was totally unsuccessful with 12th place and 55.14 m in the final.

The season 2005 was his breakthrough year as he won silver medals at the World Championships in Helsinki 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 (70.10 m). After being placed second in European Championships in 2006 Kanter threw an amazing 73.38 m in Helsingborg, 3rd result all-time.

In 2007 he won his first major title in World Championships in Osaka. His biggest dream came true after winning the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008 after what he stood undefeated for 28 competitions (20 Jul 2008 – 2 Aug 2009).

Continuing a tradition in Estonia of honoring Olympic gold medalists with a postage stamp, a Gerd Kanter stamp was issued on September 2008.

Born 1979 (age 38)
Coach Indrek Tustit
Club Tallinna SS Kalev

Personal bests

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Competition results

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COMPETITION RANK RESULT LOCATION DATE
London World Championships 12. 60.0 m London Aug. 2017
Estonian Championships 2. 61.14 m Tallinn July 2017
Olympic Games 5. 65.1 m Rio de Janeiro Aug. 2016
European Championships 3. 65.27 m Amsterdam July 2016
Heitjate seeriavõistlus 1. 65.08 m Tallinn, Audentes May 2016
Diamond League 8. 60.7 m Rabat May 2016
Kose-Kohila kettatuur 1. 66.02 m Kohila July 2015
1. 64.7 m Wroclawis June 2015
Niidupargi heitjate seeriavõistlus 1. 66.28 m Pärnu Sept. 2014
Euroopa Meistrivõistlused 2. 64.75 m Zürich, Sveits Aug. 2014
Ergo kergejõustikufinaal 1. 67.59 m Kohila Aug. 2013
Maailmameistrivõistlused 3. 65.19 m Moskva, Venemaa Aug. 2013
Olümpiamängud 3. 68.03 m London, UK Aug. 2012
Euroopa Meistrivõistlused 2. 66.53 m Helsingi, Soome June 2012
Maailmameistrivõistlused 2. 66.95 m Daegu, Lõuna-Korea Aug. 2011
Euroopa Meistrivõistlused 4. 66.2 m Barcelona, Hispaania Aug. 2010
1. 71.45 m California, USA April 2010
Maailmameistrivõistlused 3. 66.88 m Berliin, Saksamaa Aug. 2009
Kuldliiga 1. 71.64 m Kohila, Eesti June 2009
Olümpiamängud 1. 68.82 m Beijing, China Aug. 2008
1. 71.88 m California, USA May 2008
Maailmameistrivõistlused 1. 68.94 m Osaka, Jaapan Aug. 2007
1. 72.02 m California, USA May 2007
1. 73.38 m Helsingborg, Rootsi Sept. 2006
Euroopa Meistrivõistlused 2. 68.03 m Göteborg, Rootsi Aug. 2006
Maailmameistrivõistlused 2. 68.57 m Helsingi, Soome Aug. 2005
1. 70.1 m California, USA April 2005
Olümpiamängud 19. 60.05 m Ateena, Kreeka Aug. 2004
Euroopa Meistrivõistlused 12. 55.14 m Münhen, Saksamaa Aug. 2002
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