Nearly 330 athletes will arrive, including Olympic Champion in Discus Throw, Christoph Harting

At the 19th European Throwing Cup, which will be held on 9th and 10th March 2019 at the x-bionic sphere® sports complex in Samorin, 329 athletes (166 men and 163 women) from 37 countries will be presented. The highest number of participants so far – 302 – has been reported in official athletics statistics (EA) in 2012 in Bar, Montenegro. Altogether, 487 people will arrive into Samorin – 329 athletes and 158 team members.

There will not be any record number of participated countries, since two accredited countries will not send their athletes to Samorin. The record of 39 countries will remain with the last year European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal.

The largest team, 29 members (18 athletes) is from Belarus. Followed by Italy (28-17), Germany (27-22), France (25-16), Poland (24-19), Ukraine (24-18), Spain (23-17), Hungary), Turkey (23-16) and Portugal (21-14). Slovakia will come with 18 members (9 athletes).

Most participants – 33 – will be competing at women’s hammer throw, with Slovak double European vice-champion and the bronze medalist of WCH in 2009, Martina Hrasnova. The second biggest discipline at the European throwing Cup in Samorin will be a male hammer throw with 30 competitors. In both competitions, not only numerous but also exceptionally the best competitors will participate.

At the women’s entry list there are names such as: Fiodorow from Poland, Tavernier (FR), Malyshik from Belarus or Petrivskaya from Moldova. At the men’s entry list Hungarian Halasz, French Bigot, Borejsa from Belarus, Lingua from Italy, Spanish recorder Cienfuegos, Greek Anastasakis, Turkish Baltaci or Marghiev from Moldova. Marcel Lomnicky from Slovakia will not have it easy to defend his silver medal from Portugal.

Discus Throw, the main male star will be the Olympic winner from Rio de Janeiro, Christoph Harting from Germany. In the same discipline but women`s part, German Nadine Müller (2nd at the 2012 and 2018 ECH, 2nd at the WCH 2011 and 3rd at the WCH 2015), altogether with the three times bronze medalist from European Championship (2014, 2016, 2018) Shanice Craft, and third excellent German Discus thrower is the former junior world champion, Anna Rüh.

Shot put women, the biggest star is the Indoor World champion (2018) and Europe (2017), bronze medalist from OG 2016 in Rio, Anita Márton from Hungary. Jevelin Throw there are two European champions: Tatyana Khaladovich from Belarus (ECH Amsterdam 2016) and German Christin Hussong (ECH Berlin 2018).