Harting and Vetter headline Germany’s team for Leiria

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Olympic discus champion Christoph Harting is part of Germany's team for the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March 

Germany has named a team of 18 throwers for the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March.

The standout names on the team are reigning global champions Christoph Harting and Johannes Vetter. Harting won the Olympic discus title in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 - succeeding his brother Robert - while Vetter improved on his fourth-place finish in the Olympic Games to win the world javelin title in London.

Vetter is currently training in Stellenbosch, South Africa ahead of his first international competition of the season. The world javelin champion tested his early season shape at home in Offenburg at the start of the month where he produced a world-leading throw of 84.08m - comparable to his season’s opener of 84.36m in the same competition in 2017.

The Germans will also have high expectations in the women’s javelin. Their team is made up of former world champion Katharina Molitor and Christin Hussong, who won this title two years ago in Arad, Romania.  

Former two-time world medallist Nadine Muller will be looking for her fourth European Throwing Cup title in discus. One of her nearest rivals next month could be her teammate Kristin Pudenz, who won the World University Games title in Taipei