The medal was on hand. In the end, 13cm was missing: Korbinian Häßler finished fourth in the discus at the European Under-23 Championships in Tallinn on Saturday. He was already 4th place in the International Saxon Championships.
He fought to the last attempt. But it shouldn’t be: Corbinian Hassler (LV 90 Erzgebirge) finished fourth at the European Under-23 Championship in discus with 57.95m on Saturday. From the third round he held this position in Tallinn (Estonia). From the third round he was in close contact with the bronze rank. From lap three onwards, only 13 centimeters were missing for the score on the podium. But this did not work: Spaniard Yasel Sotero defended third place with 58.07 meters.
Gold and silver were elusive: As expected, Slovenian Christian Seeh dominated the top, with 67.48m managing to increase his championship record from qualifying and will now travel to the Olympics as a medal candidate. The silver went to Yauheni Bahutski from Belarus with a distance of 61.21 meters.
Korbinian Hesler came fourth on the entry list, and the athletes who put in front of him had also come back earlier. Yet the cut was bitter. “I’m disappointed and I would have liked more,” said the stepson of lead national coach Leiter Sven Lang. “Only in fourth place, like last time in 2019 at the European Under-20 Championship…” There was a meter and a half off the podium. “I had technical problems, and the throw didn’t go forward,” Hessler explained. There are still a few quips for him to say, “I want to bring them home. And then I’m going on vacation.”