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Hamman seventh in Germany as Van Rooyen still seeks that ‘big one’
- Updated: July 11, 2016
By Mark Etheridge
Javeliner Reinhardt Hamman was the only para-athlete in action at Saturday’s North German Athletics Championships in Berlin and took seventh spot.
Hamman (F38 classification) hurled the spear 49.98 metres for a confidence-boosting performance ahead of this weekend’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix meeting, also in Berlin.
He told Road to Rio 2016: ‘Despite the swirling wind it was a blistering 31 degrees Celsius. I knew I had to have a few good throws to make the final eight of the senior men’s event. I managed to throw just 2cm short of the 50m mark putting me seventh in the able-bodied competition.
‘It’s a great build-up to next weekend’s IPC Athletics Grand Prix here.
‘I’m really looking forward to the competition as the world No2 in my class will also be throwing, thus giving me a the chance to see how is doing with distance.
‘This trip would not be possible if it weren’t for SASCOC and the OPEX programme, so a huge thank-you must go to them, to my brilliant coach, Daniel Damon, and to my sponsors adidas South Africa for sticking by me on my road to Rio.’
Meanwhile on home turf Hamman’s fellow javelin athlete, Rocco van Rooyen was out to show his fitness as he bids to cement a spot on Team South Africa for next month’s Rio Olympics.
Van Rooyen who threw a huge 85-metres at Green Point last year, went through a big slump of injuries but came out with a 77.7m effort in training last week to give him renewed hopes of making the team.
On Saturday he took part at a small meeting in Parow and ended up with another effort in the 70m range.
‘Yes, my 74.54m was a bit frustrating and the body is still sore from last week because it’s been so long since I threw hard. So the elbow was extra sore and tender. I’ve got to get used to it again.
‘Also, it’s been a while since I threw on a tartan surface so it was faster than usual and my rhythm was lost.
‘So now I must think long and hard about competing in Finland this weekend. It will all depend on how I’m feeling by Tuesday,’ he told Road to Rio 2016.