Former world champ Thorkildsen targets 85m-plus distance in Doha
May 02 2013 10:04 PM

Two-time javelin Olympic champion and former world champion Andreas Thorkildsen (pictured) is looking to begin his season here at the Doha Diamond League 2013 with a throw of more than 85m.

Talking to fans via the Doha 2013 Diamond League Facebook page, the Norwegian said, “I have been to Doha many times. First time was back in 2006. That was the first time I threw over 90m, so after that I decided to come back as often as I can. I really like it here, and with the training facilities like Aspire and the track right next to it, it’s a really good place to train.”

The 31-year-old added: “I really enjoy my stay in Doha. I have been here since April 20 for training camp. I am looking for a good start to the season here in Doha, hopefully something over 85m.”

Thorkildsen, who celebrated his birthday on Wednesday, said he was looking forward to renewing his rivalry with Finland’s Tero Pitkamaki.

“It’s early to tell who my strongest opponent is, but I have heard that Tero Pitkamaki is in good shape. He has been my strongest opponent in previous years and I am really looking forward to seeing him and all the others here in Doha,” he said.

Thorkildsen, who recently recovered from an injury that he suffered last year, said he was in a lot better shape and that he was keen to add another world title this year.

“In Moscow at the 2013 World Championships I am aiming for the gold. It would be nice to have two world titles. I plan on competing in all the DL meets that the javelin is included. I will do some smaller competitions also like nationals and super league,” said Thorkildsen.

During the course of the conversation, Thorkildsen also spoke about how his father was the reason behind him starting with Javelin. “He was my coach from age 11-19. I am really happy that he showed me how to throw,” he said.

He added: “I have tried discus and I failed, hahaha. The only thing I am good at in athletics is javelin.”

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