Christoph Harting grinned and remained after the next missed discus finals only a short time before the reporters. "Thank you very much for the interest in my person, but I remain faithful to my way: I will not give interviews until the end of the Olympic season and thank you for your understanding." After work, "said the Olympic champion succinctly after the Berlin athletics World Cup in Doha with 63,08 m already in the qualification had failed. There would have been much to discuss, after all, Harting has already missed the third major finals in series after his Rio triumph. Harting had not been able to qualify for the World Cup in London a year later after his gold coup of 2016. At the home European Championships in Berlin 2018 the police master made no valid attempt. This mishap was not repeated in Doha.
Harting, who had to contend with some injury problems this year and announced at the German Championships in Berlin at the beginning of August, not to want to talk to the press until the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, put first 60.31 m in the first attempt , then increased over 62.04 m to 63.08 m. He was just under three meters below his season's best (66.01) .Wieig in the final of the discus thrower "As far as I've heard, he has dropped after inserting the cycle," said his coach Torsten Lönnfors in "ZDF": "We know not where did that come from, now we had it at the worst possible time. "They had assumed in the association that Harting would find after a few quarrels in Qatar back on track. Harting have praised "improvement," said DLV President Jürgen Kessing the "SID" in advance: "And I think on the way to growing up, he will bring a great performance." The German champion Martin Wierig made it to 63.65 m however, in the final, his training partner David Wrobel (62.34) retired like Harting. "For the fact that it did not run so well in the last few days, the qualification was actually quite good, I had problems in the left hip flexor and yesterday also had problems with the heat, with migraine, I felt weak," said Wierig: "The medical department made me happy again, a big thank you." The world's best year's Daniel Stahl (67.88) from Sweden, the strong Jamaican Fedrick Dacres (65.44) and defending champion and European champion Andrius Gudzius (64.14 / Lithuania) did not show any nakedness and fight for the medals.