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Storl the 2011 European Rising Star

David Storl - 2011 European Athletics Rising Star

David Storl - 2011 European Athletics Rising Star

David Storl of Germany is the 2011 winner of the men’s European Athletics Rising Star award presented by MONDO.

The shot put prodigy stunned a field studded with Olympic champions, former world champions and medallists galore to claim gold at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu with a final-round shocker of 21.78m, a massive improvement on his 2010 personal best of 20.77m.

The young man from Chemnitz had indeed struck gold at the 2007 IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava then followed up a year later with the world junior gold in Bydgoszcz, Poland. He also won the European junior gold in Novi Sad in 2009 but nothing could predict the breakthrough he would enjoy this season.

He started the year with a silver medal at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris and followed it up with the European under-23 title in Ostrava a few weeks before the World Championships.

The manner in which he rose to the occasion in Daegu prompted world season leader Dylan Armstrong of Canada to label Storl “the future of shot putting for the next 10 years at least.”

Storl will be presented with his European Athletics Rising Star award at the European Athletics Awards Night in Arona, Spain, on Saturday 15 October alongside the women’s Rising Star winner, to be announced later this week, and the European Athlete of the Year winners.

The men’s and women’s winners of the European Athlete of the Year will be announced next week.

Fans, media and European Athletics Member Federations were invited to vote for the European Athletics Rising Star on the

European Athletics website. Along with the votes from a panel of experts, each group of voters’ results counted for one quarter of the athlete’s final score.

The shortlist for the award included stars from this year’s World Championships, European under-23 and junior championships, World Youth Championships, and other young athletes who performed exceptionally well this year.

No athlete who has previously served a two-year doping ban can be nominated for the European Athletics Rising Star award.

Men’s 2011 European Athletics Rising Star presented by MONDO final rankings:

1. David Storl (GER)
2. Pawel Wojciechowski (POL)
3. Jimmy Vicaut (FRA)
4. Adam Kszczot (POL)
5. Zigimunds Sirmais (LAT)
6. Jack Greene (GBR)
7. Sheryf El Sheryf (UKR)
8. Gabriel Navarro (ESP)
9. Kevin Mayer (FRA)
10. Varg Konigsmark (GER)
11. Bence Pasztor (HUN)
12. Sergey Morgunov (RUS)
13. Ilgizar Safiulin (RUS)

Previous men’s Rising Star winners:

2010 Teddy Tamgho (FRA)
2009 Christophe Lemaitre (FRA)
2008 Raphael Holzdeppe (GBR)
2007 Andrew Howe (ITA)

2011 season: David Storl

Shot put

20.70i 1              NC          Leipzig  26 Feb
20.01i 6q            EC           Paris      4 Mar
20.75i    SB 2      EC           Paris      4 Mar
20.56     3          Werfertage       Halle      21 May
20.48    1-22      Werfertage        Halle      22 May
20.85    1           DKB        Neubrandenburg             28 May
20.78    1           SoleCup               Schönebeck       5 Jun
20.06    1           Askina   Kassel   8 Jun
21.03    1           Folksam               Göteborg            11 Jun
20.81    1           ETC         Stockholm           18 Jun
20.53    1-22      NC-j       Bremen                26 Jun
20.88    1           Weltklasse          Biberach              27 Jun
20.45    1-22      EJ            Ostrava                14 Jul
19.71    1q-22    EJ            Ostrava                14 Jul
20.35    1          NC          Kassel   23 Jul
20.42    5          DNG      Stockholm           28 Jul
21.05    1          Cuxhaven            9 Aug
20.42    2          Gotha   13 Aug
21.50 AUR 1q    WC         Daegu   1 Sep
21.78 AUR PB 1 WC         Daegu   2 Sep
21.23    5          WK         Zürich    7 Sep
20.64    5          ISTAF     Berlin    11 Sep
21.49    1          Werfertag           Thum    14 Sep
20.30    1          DécaNation        Nice       18 Sep

Personal bests: David Storl

Outdoor: 21.78 AUR   Daegu 2 Sep 2011
Indoor:  20.77 Karlsruhe 27 Feb 2010

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