Swiss Championships Three-Peat

The Swiss Championships in Basel yesterday were my last chance to set a personal best this season. All went according to plan and I improved my best to 67.90 meters and won my third straight Swiss national title in the process.

The Setting
When I heard that the Swiss Championships were in Basel, I had mixed feelings about it. On the one hand, Basel has a great ring. It is probably the second best in Switzerland after Locarno. But on the other hand, I have never thrown well there before. The cage is outside the stadium and tucked into some trees. It is not spectator friendly and not athlete friendly since the opening is so narrow that it is possible to throw in the middle of the sector and still have your wire hit the cage (as happened to me once during the meet). Together, it feels like you are throwing out of a cave. Plus, my last two meets at Basel have been poorly planned and had the competitors waiting nearly 30 minutes between attempts.


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13 replies
  1. Jarrod
    Jarrod says:

    Congrats man on the Big Time PR. That’s awesome 67.90 (222.9) in the rain, just goes to show to coming from our state we can throw well in just about any weather, just wow!!. Any who hope to see you stateside. FYI if your flying in this Sunday it is Seafair weekend after all. So all in all a good weekend to come home too. A nice Boundary Bay IPA could be in your future.

    • Martin
      Martin says:

      Unfortunately I won’t be flying back to Seattle this trip. I will be in California for the week. I hope to make it back to Seattle in the Fall sometime and take you up on the offer.

  2. Sebastien DEMKO
    Sebastien DEMKO says:

    Well done martin, very nice throw, good balance, good rythm, you on the good way for london 2012 for you. Hope to throw with next year somewhere! 🙂 good end of season!


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