Andreas Hoffmann made a great comeback on Sunday. Having missed qualification for the Olympics last year, the man from Mannheim is back in the javelin meet in Offenburg with a high throw from 86.52 metres. Despite the good performance, Johannes Vetter had to admit defeat for the 30-year-old. Kristen Hasong won the Women’s Championship.
“You will definitely see that I can be counted on again,” Andreas Hoffmann (MTG Mannheim) declared in an interview on lichtathletik.de at the end of March. On Sunday afternoon, the 30-year-old put his words into action. In the javelin meet in Offenburg, the man returned from Mannheim with a top-class 86.52m race and even managed to put Johannes Vetter (LG Offenberg) in his place in his home match, who has dominated for the past two years.
“I am thrilled that I managed to throw here. The goal was 85 metres. I did it and with it the World Cup standards are in my pocket. Andreas Hoffmann said after the competition.
With his first attempt, the European champion managed to break the 80-meter mark for the first time since 2020: 81.14 meters were recorded. After more 80-meter throws, he finally got on to his best daily result at the fifth attempt, his best since 2019.
Fourth win for Andreas Hoffmann in Offenburg
“After last year I was in a bind. It took a long time to get out of there. Hoffmann summed up the last few months. In 2021, he underwent elbow surgery, as a result of which he failed to qualify for the Olympic Games in Tokyo (Japan). In Offenburg Not only did he respond, but he scored his fourth win in the match, he said, “It’s always a great experience.”
Johannes Vetter had to be content with a second place this time around, but with 85.64m the 29-year-old showed his world form once again. Latvian Gatis Kax came third with a distance of 83.66 metres. Ukrainian Artur Felner, born in 2003, stunned Ukrainian with a strength of 83.28 meters.
Kristen Hosung is not completely satisfied despite the victory
In the women’s class, on the other hand, there was the expected victory: European champion Christine Hussong (LAZ Zweibrücken) achieved her best distance of 63.29 meters at the third attempt, but was upset at first immediately after the layup. “I thought he was going to fall 57 meters or so because he wasn’t feeling well at all. I rented the very steep road. I don’t even want to know what would have happened if I met him.”
Her second best attempt of the day fell at 63.05 metres, and three more throws sailed over the 60-meter mark. “It was a good start to the season for the first competition. But it annoys me a bit because the shots weren’t good and it went on so far. But it shows me what is possible this year,” the 28-year-old summed up the competition.
Behind Kristen Husung, Lina Mosi of Latvia took second place with a record of 62.88 metres. European Vice Champion Nikola Ogrodnikova (Czech Republic) completed the podium with 62.80 metres. Fourth-placed Ida Tagsuz (Turkey) fell short of expectations and finished seventh with a record of 56.60 metres. Pleasing from a German perspective: Jana Marie Luca and Lili Urban (both from Eintracht Frankfurt) achieved the new personal bests with 58.06m and 53.59m.
Max Dahning is strong again
The offspring had already begun in Offenburg in the morning. European Under-20 Championship participant Max Denning (TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen) once again crossed the 74-meter mark with 74.26 metres. Just two weeks ago, the 17-year-old put in his best performance of 74.71 meters at Webberforth. Ryan Jansen (Netherlands; 71.32 metres) finished second in the U20 competition, third was Moritz Morsten (68.32 metres) of SC Magdeburg.
In youth, local champion Lorena Frühn (LG Offenburg) was 52.76 meters ahead of Finn Vivian Suominen (52.41 meters). Third place went to Franca Arnold (SSV Ulm; 52.20m).
All results can be found in our results section…