Gerd Kanter

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Gerd Kanter
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Personal information
Born (1979-05-06) 6 May 1979 (age 39)
Tallinn, Estonia
Height1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)
Weight127 kg (280 lb)
CountryFlag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
Event(s) Discus
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)73.38 m (2006)
Kanter in Osaka in 2007 Osaka07 D4A Discus VC.jpg
Kanter in Osaka in 2007

Gerd Kanter (born 6 May 1979) is a retired Estonian discus thrower. He was the 2007 World Champion in the event and won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, and bronze in London 2012. His personal best throw of 73.38 m is the Estonian record and the third best mark of all-time.

Discus throw event in track and field athletics

The discus throw is a track and field event in which an athlete throws a heavy disc—called a discus—in an attempt to mark a farther distance than his or her competitors. It is an ancient sport, as demonstrated by the fifth-century-BC Myron statue, Discobolus. Although not part of the modern pentathlon, it was one of the events of the ancient Greek pentathlon, which can be dated back to at least to 708 BC, and is part of the modern decathlon.

Gold medal medal, generally awarded for first place or a high achievement

A gold medal is a medal awarded for highest achievement in a non-military field. Its name derives from the use of at least a fraction of gold in form of plating or alloying in its manufacture.

2008 Summer Olympics Games of the XXIX Olympiad, held in Beijing in 2008

The 2008 Summer Olympic Games, officially known as the Games of the XXIX Olympiad and commonly known as Beijing 2008, was an international multi-sport event that was held from 8 to 24 August 2008 in Beijing, China.


He made his first Olympic appearance in 2004 and established himself a year later by taking the silver medal at the 2005 World Championships. He was runner-up at the 2006 European Athletics Championships and won further medals at the World Championships in 2009 (bronze) and 2011 (silver).

Silver medal medal awarded in sports and other competitions for achieving 2nd place

A silver medal in sports and other similar areas involving competition is a medal made of, or plated with, silver awarded to the second-place finisher, or runner-up, of contests or competitions such as the Olympic Games, Commonwealth Games, etc. The outright winner receives a gold medal and the third place a bronze medal. More generally, silver is traditionally a metal sometimes used for all types of high-quality medals, including artistic ones.

2005 World Championships in Athletics 2005 edition of the World Championships in Athletics

The 10th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), were held in the Olympic Stadium, Helsinki, Finland, the site of the first IAAF World Championships in 1983. One theme of the 2005 championships was paralympic events, some of which were included as exhibition events. Much of the event was played in extremely heavy rainfall.

2006 European Athletics Championships 2006 edition of the European Athletics Championships

The 19th European Athletics Championships were held in Gothenburg, Sweden, between 7 August and 13 August 2006. The competition arena was the Ullevi Stadium and the official motto "Catch the Spirit". Gothenburg also hosted the 1995 World Championships in Athletics, and Stockholm, Sweden's capital, hosted 1958 European Athletics Championships.

He won the 2012 and the 2013 IAAF Diamond League in discus throw.

The 2012 IAAF Diamond League is the third edition of the Diamond League, an annual series of fourteen one-day track and field meetings.

The 2013 IAAF Diamond League is the fourth edition of the Diamond League, an annual series of fourteen one-day track and field meetings.


He competed at the 2004 Olympics, but did not reach the final. The season 2005 was his breakthrough year as he won silver medals at the World Championships and World Athletics Final, took home a victory in the European Cup and won the World University Games. He also threw more than 70 metres for the first time.

The men's discus throw competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was held at the Olympic Stadium on 21–23 August. It was originally planned to hold the discus throw at the Ancient Olympia Stadium, but it was discovered that the field was not large enough to accommodate the range of modern discus throwers, and would have posed a danger to spectators. As such, it was decided to move the discus throw and to hold the shot put at the ancient stadium, despite the fact that the shot put was not contested at the Ancient Olympic Games.

The 3rd IAAF World Athletics Final was held at the Stade Louis II, in Monte Carlo, Monaco on September 9, and September 10, 2005.

The 2005 European Cup was the 26th edition of the European Cup of athletics.

On 4 September 2006 in Helsingborg, Sweden, Kanter threw more than 70 metres in four different rounds (69.46 – 72.30 – 70.43 – 73.38 – 70.51 – 65.88). The best mark of 73.38 m was an Estonian record and the third best in history – only Jürgen Schult (74.08 m, 1986) and Virgilijus Alekna (73.88 m, 2000) have thrown further. [1]

Helsingborg Place in Scania, Sweden

Helsingborg is a town and the seat of Helsingborg Municipality, Scania, Sweden. It had 108,334 inhabitants in 2017. Helsingborg is the centre of the northern part of western Scania. There is no formal metropolitan area, but the municipality of Helsingborg City and its neighbouring five municipalities had in spring of 2013 a population of 269 489 inhabitants at an area of 1,353 square kilometres, a population density of 200 people/km2. This makes Helsingborg the fourth largest population area in Sweden. The city is also Sweden's closest point to Denmark, with the Danish city Helsingør clearly visible on the other side of the Øresund about 4 km (2 mi) to the west, closer than to the city's own remoter areas. If including all population around the northern part of Øresund, as a Helsingborg-Helsingør metropolitan area, its population increases to 732 450 at an area of 2,802 square kilometres. The busy ferry route known as the HH Ferry route has through history been operated by several shipping lines. As of 2014 more than 70 car ferries departures from each harbour every day.

Jürgen Schult East German discus thrower

Jürgen Schult is a German former track and field athlete and as of 2018, the world record holder in the discus throw. Holding the title since 1986, it is the longest standing record in men's track and field. Schult represented East Germany in the 1988 Olympic competition in the discus throw on 1 October 1988, when he won the gold medal.

Virgilijus Alekna athletics competitor

Virgilijus Alekna is a Lithuanian former discus thrower and politician. He won medals at the 2000, 2004 and 2008 Olympics, including two golds. After retiring from athletics, Alekna was elected to the national parliament, the Seimas, in 2016.

Kanter was the silver medalist at the 2006 European Athletics Championships, finishing behind Virgilijus Alekna, and became the world champion in the discus at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics in Osaka. At the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he took Olympicgold medal with a throw of 68.82 meters, one meter ahead of second-place finisher Piotr Malachowski of Poland.

2007 World Championships in Athletics 2007 edition of the World Championships in Athletics

The 11th World Championships in Athletics, under the auspices of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), were held at Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan from 24 August to 2 September 2007. 200 of the IAAF's 212 member federations entered a total of 1,978 athletes, the greatest number of competitors at any World Championships to date. Sarah Brightman, the world's best-selling soprano, performed her single Running at the opening ceremony.

Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics were held during the last ten days of the games, from August 15 to August 24, 2008, at the Beijing National Stadium. The Olympic sport of athletics is split into four distinct sets of events: track and field events, road running events, and racewalking events.

In March 2009 he won the European Cup Winter Throwing event in Los Realejos, Tenerife, Spain with 69.70 m. On 22 March 2009, he set a world indoor best of 69.51 m in Växjö, Sweden. [2] At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics he returned to defend his world title. He had a best throw of 66.88 m, which was enough for the World bronze medal. [3] He took victory in the Wexiö Indoor Throwing competition in 2010, although his winning throw was some way behind his indoor record set the previous year. [4] Still, he started strongly outdoors, having a long early-season throw of 71.45 m in California – the eleventh best throw ever at that point. [5]

He finished just outside the medals at the 2010 European Athletics Championships, coming fourth, but managed to win the silver medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics behind Robert Harting. He ended that year with a season's best throw of 67.99 m at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial. [6]

He retired from competition after the 2018 season. [7]


Representing Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia
2001 European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 5th 57.73 m [8]
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 12th 55.14 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 25th (q) 56.63 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 19th (q) 60.05 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th63.28 m
2005 World Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 68.57 m
Universiade İzmir, Turkey 1st 65.29 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 2nd66.01 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 68.03 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd68.47 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 1st 68.94 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st66.54 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 68.82 m [9]
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st68.38 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 66.88 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th 66.20 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 2nd 66.95 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 66.53 m
Olympic Games London, Great Britain 3rd 68.03 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 65.19 m
2014 European Championships Zurich, Switzerland 2nd 64.75 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 4th 64.82 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 3rd 65.27 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 65.10 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 12th 60.00 m
2018 European Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 64.34 m



EST Estonian Red Cross Order 1Class BAR.svg Order of the Estonian Red Cross, 1st Class: 2009
EST Order of the White Star - 4th Class BAR.png Order of the White Star, 4th Class: 2006

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  2. Kanter throws 69.51m world indoor best in Växjö
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Preceded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Nikolai Novosjolov
Estonian Sportsman of the Year
2007, 2008
Succeeded by
Andrus Veerpalu
Heiki Nabi