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‘Setting a world record not like ordering pizza’

While breaking the 33-year-old world mark in discus throw is challenging, Sweden’s Daniel Stahl believes he can do it.
Daniel Stahl
Sweden’s Daniel Stahl believes he can break the 33-year-old discus throw world record. Photo: Inside Qatar

Throwing the discus over 70 metres is slowly becoming a habit for Daniel Stahl.

The silver medallist at the last World Championships and European champion in 2018, Stahl did it three times this year.

His performances have raised expectations that he could be the one to break the 33-year-old world record of 74.08M set by Jurgen Schult of the erstwhile East Germany.

The 27-year-old Stahl, a strong contender for the gold at the World Championships in Doha, believes he has a realistic chance.

“There is a chance. I need to get stronger and improve my technique. And then of course if there is a great wind, it’s possible,” he said.

The record may not happen in Doha though. “I don’t think I can technically achieve a good throw here,” he said. “I am just looking to get into the final at this World Championships,” he added with more than a touch of modesty.

Stahl is in the form of his life, having won 12 of the 15 competitions he took part in this year. Maybe the Swede is just being a bit cautious ahead of the season’s biggest event.

Back to his world record quest, Stahl won’t make any predictions. “Setting a world record is not like ordering a pizza that it happens when you wish. It takes time,” he said.

So what does it take to cross the 70M barrier?

“You have to go and train even if you’ve had a hard day at work. Believe in what you are doing and do not listen to others who talk you down,” said Stahl. And his final piece of advice: “Have fun during the practices and do your best at training and the rewards will come.”

For now, the reward that Stahl seeks is the missing yellow metal from a World Championship in his trophy cabinet. After the chase for that record could begin in right earnest.