David Kuester of Bicester AC Veterans competing for the first time in the 70+age group finished 1st at the Midlands (British) Masters Throwers Group (MMTG) WTC “Rasenkraft” Championships held at the Moorways Stadium in Derby on Saturday 25th January 2014. Competing in damp, cold but mostly sunny conditions David accumulated 1,961 points across the three disciplines to come out as the 70+ age group winner. Individual event results were as follows:
4kg Hammer throw = 34.91m 533pts (1st)
5kg Weight throw = 18.36m 745pts (1st)
5kg Stein Putt (Stone) = 8.41m 683pts (1st)
Total = 1,961pts
About the event: Rasenkraft (Lawn Power) originated in Germany in 1912 and consists of 3 disciplines, Hammer throw, Weight throw and Putting the Stone (steinstossen). There are different body weight and age classes for the competitors and different weight grades for the throwing implements. Since 2001 the European Championships have been held every 2 years, the last one in 2013 was in Hagenau in France. It alternates between countries, Germany, Austria, Hungary, France and Switzerland. This is the first time the Rasenkraft competition has ever been held in the UK and it is hoped that more UK athletes will take part, compete and enter the European Championships next year (2015).