In Rio 2016, he followed his older (and shorter) brother Robert Harting as Olympic Champion.
SP pb: 17.75 -12. 5 under-23 ECH 2011; 8 WCH 2015 (2013-dnq - missed final by one place); 4 ECH 2016; 1 OLY 2016 (won in the last round). 1 German 2015/2018. He has 16 words tattooed on his right pec: “truth, life, family, lie, freedom, tolerance, happiness, athletics, pride, friendship, loneliness, pain, faith, love and hate”. His parents Gerd Seidel and Bettina Harting were both shot putters in the GDR era. Coach-Torsten Schmidt. 2.05/123kg.
“I am obsessed with the world record [of 74.08m set by German Jürgen Schult in 1986]. Some say it is out of reach, but for me, it is a challenge. My desire is to one day throw a world record nobody can beat.”.
In 2018: 4 European Throws Cup; 1 Schönebeck; 2 Rehlingen; 5 Halle; 4 Oslo Diamond; 1 Berlin; 2 Paris Diamond; 1 German .