Lukas Weißhaidinger’s new “weapon”: his hip swing

Lukas Weißhaidinger’s new “weapon”: his hip swing
Lukas Weißhaidinger is already in the middle of preparing for the season. (gepa)
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Lukas Weißhaidinger returns home from the training camp in Tenerife with more than 300 throws and a satisfied feeling. These were weeks ten and eleven in the discus thrower’s preparation for the Olympic season.

“For me it’s about being able to fight for the medals in Paris with (Olympic and world champion; note) Daniel Stahl and (former world champion) Kristjan Ceh,” says the 32-year-old, who leaves no stone unturned. In order to be able to keep up with the two dominators, the Innviertler and coach Gregor Högler readjusted their technology.

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“From now on I’m relying on a stronger hip swing and more rotation speed with my legs.” Austria’s record holder hopes that this will result in greater release speed and ultimately distance.

Unusual technology

But with the new technology, friends first have to be made. “There are only a few details, but it feels relatively unfamiliar and new,” says Weißhaidinger, explaining that he simply lacks the experience.

The adapted technology has its appeal, but also brings with it uncertainties. “It’s very exciting, but of course you get scared sometimes. We’ll only see in the competition season whether it really works.” This starts for the Taufkirchner at the end of April. The technology refinements don’t have to be fully in place yet; there is still enough time “to turn several screws” before the Summer Games, which begin at the end of July.

The ten-day training camp in Tenerife was used to shift up a few gears in terms of speed. That had an effect. “I am faster and probably stronger than ever, at least as far as my training performance is concerned,” says Weißhaidinger, speaking of a “form curve that is constantly pointing upwards.”

The look to the side

Not only Austria’s best discus thrower took advantage of the perfect training temperatures of around 25 degrees on the Mediterranean island to gain momentum for the season. Ceh, one of the main competitors, was also there at the same time. “He chooses a slightly different structure to the season than I do,” says Weißhaidinger.

“He dreams of setting an indoor world record and wants to get in shape for the Olympics. My first highlight of the season should be the European Championships in Rome in June. My training content is currently not geared towards the competition.”

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