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Fantastic Competition for Fanny Roos

Today the whole group competed at Triton Invitational in La Jolla, California. The highlight of the meet was that Fanny Roos twice improved her best mark first in the 4th round with a throw of 18.36m and then improved that in the last round with a huge 18.68m.

Fanny’s best mark before was 18.21m outdoors and 18.13m indoors both since last year of 2017. So this was an improvement of the Swedish Outdoor Record with 47cm. Fanny also broke the Nordic Record (Sweden, Finland, Norway, Denmark, Iceland), it was since 1989 held by the Finish Asta Ovaska and was as far as 18.57m.

This performance by Fanny today was amazing and well deserved after all hard training this winter.

Simon Pettersson had a great meet with many good throws in the discus. He ended up 5th in a very strong competition with a throw of 64.58m. It was very good for Simon and one of his best meets ever.

Daniel Ståhl was off today and did not find the rhythm in the ring and due to that could not really feel any power. He ended up with 64.98m and got only 4th. Daniel has had better days but this is pretty much his low level now. We just keep on working; he needs more training in his body and will be fine soon.

Niklas Arrhenius got 10th in the discus with a 60.34m throw and did not really hit it. Also it is very hard to compete when you are coaching the day before and in the morning of the competition. But it was great to see Niklas here with us.

Jakob Gardenkrans hit his big throw two days ago of 63.63m and today he missed all of his three throws even if he threw very well in the warm up. But, it did not matter today, Jakob did absolutely great the other day and it takes time to recover and nothing was really expected of him today.

Mesud Pezer took this meet as a practice session and had many throws around and over 20m with the farthest measured 20.14m. Mesud was happy with the feeling and technique and we will keep on developing what we are working on.

Marcus Thomsen is coming back after some sickness and every day he gets better. He was 6th today with a decent performance of 19.19m and had a big one close to 20m in the warm up. That shows that he will be back to normal shape very soon.

But, athlete of the day was Fanny Roos. The whole group celebrated her a little after the meet by going to a restaurant.


PS The cover picture shows top three in the meet today, Lena Geiger and Maggie Ewen with Fanny Roos.



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Our athletes in 2019

1 Daniel Stahl 70.56m
2 Martin Kupper 64.79m
3 Nick Percy 62.09m
4 J Gardenkrans 57.34m
1 Mesud Pezer 21.08m
2 Marcus Thomsen 20.58m
3 Niklas Arrhenius 18.20m
1 Fanny Roos 18.61m
1 Nick Percy 20.52m