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Christoph Harting steps out of Robert's shadow for discus gold

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Rio de Janeiro (dpa) - Olympic men‘s discus saw a second straight Harting triumph but this time around it was Christoph and not Robert who claimed a surprise gold for Germany on the penultimate throw of the competition on Saturday.

After having dropped from second to fourth in the final round, Christoph Harting stepped up for a personal best 68.05 metres to beat European and world champion Piotr Malachowski who had led all the way.

Malachowski had to settle for silver as in Beijing 2008 with 67.32m, and the bronze went to Germany from Daniel Jasinski‘s last-round 67.05m.

Christoph Harting‘s surprise gold came the day after his brother Robert, the three-time world and 2012 Olympic champion, failed to qualify.

The discus final was one of the top attractions of the morning session in front of significantly bigger crowd than on Friday.

Many fans came to the Olympic Stadium to get a first view of Jamaican superstar Usain Bolt who was later to compete in the 100m heats.

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