August 4, 2017 / 8:48 PM / a year ago

Athletics - Defending champion Malachowski eases into discus final

LONDON (Reuters) - Defending champion Piotr Malachowski signalled his intent to retain his discus title by qualifying for the final at the first attempt in the World Championships on Friday.

Athletics - World Athletics Championships – Discus Throw Men - London Stadium, London, Britain - August 4, 2017. Piotr Malachowski of Poland reacts after his throw. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

The Pole, twice Olympic silver medallist, achieved his place in Saturday’s final with a throw of 65.13 metres at the London Stadium, the qualifying mark being 65 metres.

He will be tested, however, by in-form Daniel Stahl of Sweden who threw a competition-leading 67.64 in the opening round, followed by Andrius Gudzius of Lithuania on 67.01 and Germany’s Robert Harting on 65.32.

“I felt confident coming to this competition and I consider myself a favourite tomorrow. I think 69 metres will be enough for gold,” Stahl said.

Reporting by Christian Radnedge, Editing by Ed Osmond

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