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Robert Harting (born 18 October 1984) is a retired German discus thrower. He represents the sports club SCC Berlin, his coach is Torsten Schmidt. He is a former Olympic, World, and European champion in the men's discus throw. His younger brother Christoph is the event's current Olympic champion.

Robert Harting
ISTAF Berlin 2012 - Robert Harting, Sieger Diskuswerfen.jpg
Harting in 2012
Personal information
Born (1984-10-18) October 18, 1984 (age 34)
Cottbus, East Germany
Years active2001–2018
Height2.01 m (6 ft 7 in)
Weight126 kg (278 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Discus throw
ClubSCC Berlin
Turned pro2001
Coached byTorsten Schmidt
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)70.66 m


Harting was born in Cottbus, East Germany. He won a silver medal at the 2001 World Youth Championships. He was less successful at subsequent championships and finished in eighth in the qualifiers 2002 World Junior Championships. He took the gold medal at the 2005 European Athletics U23 Championships.

He began competing at the senior level soon after and took part in the 2006 European Championships, where he just missed the qualifying mark in the earlier round of the competition. He improved in 2007, throwing a new personal best of 66.93 m and he won the silver medal at the 2007 World Championships. He was fourth at the 2007 IAAF World Athletics Final and then was second at the European Winter Throwing Cup the following year.

He threw a personal best of 68.65 m in Kaunas in June and was selected for the German team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He finished fourth with a throw of 67.09 m. He closed the season with a bronze medal at the 2008 IAAF World Athletics Final.

At the Berlin 2009 World Championships, Harting was sitting in the silver medal position coming into the 6th round of the final, he then threw a personal best of 69.43 metres to gain the lead and ultimately win the gold medal. The final remaining competitor and leader since the 1st round, Polish athlete Piotr Malachowski, was unable to better the German's throw.

Harting set a championship record of 66.80 m to win at the 2010 European Team Championships and recorded a mark of 68.67 m the following month at the 2010 German Athletics Championships to take the national title. He threw 68.47 m in the final of the 2010 European Athletics Championships but this was not enough to beat Malachowski. Still, the silver medal was his first at the primary continental championships. He competed in the 2010 IAAF Diamond League and won at the Weltklasse Zurich, but it was Malachowski who won the overall Diamond Race Trophy. He improved his personal best in Neubrandenburg in a one-on-one competition against Malachowski, taking the win with a throw of 69.69 m.[1] He defended his world title at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics with a winning mark of 68.97 m.

In May 2012, Harting threw a personal best of 70.31 m at the Hallesche Werfertage Meeting, clearing seventy metres for the first time.[2] At the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland, Harting won the Gold medal by throwing 68.30 m.[3] In the 2012 London Olympics, he won the gold medal in discus throwing.

He won his third straight world championship title at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. In 2014, he retained the European title.

Harting is known for exuberant victory celebrations, including ripping the shirt off his chest, running with a German flag over the hurdles from the hurdles race,[4] placing mascots on his shoulders and jogging on the track.


  1. ^ Wenig, Jörg (2010-08-30). Spank and Friedrich take home wins in Eberstadt, Harting impresses at Throws meeting in Neubrandenburg – German weekend wrap. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
  2. ^ German discus star Harting over 70 metres in Halle Archived 2012-05-27 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (2012-05-20). Retrieved on 2012-05-21.
  3. ^ Widder, Michaela; Stracke, Peter (30 June 2012). "Harting beschert Deutschland EM-Gold Nummer vier" [Harting presents Euro Championships gold medal no. 4 to Germany]. Hamburger Abendblatt (in German). Retrieved 30 June 2012.
  4. ^ "German discus thrower celebrates gold medal by hurdling". CBBC Newsround. 9 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

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