by Graeme Shirley
La Jolla, Calif. - (May 1, 2004) - Gerd Kanter's 68.05 meter (223' 3") effort capped the the final meet of the Team Thor Throws Series at the world-famous UCSD facility. The mark put the Estonian second in the world to date in the 2004 season.
The throws series, which began rather modestly in November with seven local athletes, finished with 31 competitors in the final events. The throwers included representatives from Guatemala, Denmark, and Estonia, plus at least seven Americans from outside California.
Kanter was joined by three Americans, Ian Waltz, Jarred Rome, and John Davis, beyond 60 meters/200 feet. John Davis and Simon Stewart both exceeded 63 feet in the shot put. Tom Pukstys, in a comeback to try and make the Olympic team, threw the javelin 78.85 meters (258 feet 8 inches), breaking the listed record for the M35 age group by over 37 feet.