If you were 6 feet, 7 inches tall, weighed 278 pounds, and just won the Olympic gold medal in the discus, what would your celebration be? If you’re Robert Harting of Germany, you celebrate by hulking out of your uniform, ripping it to shreds with your bare hands, running around the Olympic stadium track, jumping over the hurdles with a German flag draped over your shoulders, then posing in front of the Olympic torch so all can admire your accomplishment. Harting’s discus gold celebration, which went down exactly as I just described, has earned a place in the annals of Olympic history as quite possibly the best celebration in 116 years. Take a look at Robert Harting’s discus celebration in the video below.
London 2012: Robert Harting Discus Celebration VIDEO
“It’s just amazing,” said Harting, a two-time world champion, after his celebration. “I’ve dreamed of this since I was 12 years old.”
Harting won the discus with a best throw of 68.27 meters, adding to a personal unbeaten streak that has lasted since August of 2010.
Heading into the fifth round of the event, however, it looked as though that streak was almost certain to end. Harting trailed Ehsan Hadadi — the eventual silver medalist — almost the entire competition after the Iranian let loose a 68.18 toss on his first attempt.
“It was so hard as my beginning was bad,” Harting said. “It got better and in the end I was lucky.”
Hadadi, meanwhile, was respectful yet bitter in his response to the final standings.
“It shouldn’t be silver, it should be gold,” he said. “I respect (Harting) and I’m happy for him. But if I had his equipment, I could throw 85 meters, not 65.
“I was practicing to break the Olympic record but, unfortunately, I could not even manage to win the gold.”
Gerd Kanter of Estonia took bronze with 68.03.
Robert Harting Celebration Photos