World leader Christina Schwanitz will face a very strong field when she steps into the throwing circle to compete in the women’s Shot Put competition at Friday’s Indoor Meeting Karlsruhe – the opening meeting in the 2021 World Athletics Indoor Tour Gold series.
Schwanitz heads into the competition with a world-leading mark of 19.11 meters, set when picking up a victory in Chemnitz, and will start as the favorite to build on her strong start to the season.
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The 35-year-old German was making a return to competition after being on the sidelines for about 15-month as she recovered from knee surgery.
The 2015 world shot put champion owns the current meeting record with 18.41m, set in Feb. 2017.
In Karlsruhe on Friday, Schwanitz will face-off against three-time US champion Chase Ealey and her fellow countrywoman and 2016 Olympic finalist Raven Saunders.
Saunders, a former World Junior Championships silver medalist, and standout collegiate star, finished 5th at Olympic Games in Rio 2016.
Ealey finished seventh at 2019 World Championships in Doha.
Meanwhile, 2020 outdoor world leader Auriol Dongmo of Portugal will also compete in this event.