Aarhus Games 2006
The 2006 edition of the international athletics event ’Aarhus Games’ was the best in many years. Some of the biggest international athletics stars and the best Danish athletes contributed to making this year’s athletics event a special one. No less than four stadium records and two Danish records were the successful outcome on a wonderful summer’s evening at the NRGi Park on 6th July.
The men’s short-putting competition was set for a tough contest and a display of athletics of the highest calibre between three of the world’s best in this discipline. The number one in the world rankings, Christian Cantwell, USA, put the shot a phenomenal 22.04 metres, thus setting a new stadium record and taking first place in front of the local Olympic bronze medallist Joachim B Olsen (21.33 metres) and the indoor world champion Reesa Hoffa (21.03 metres).
Another record was set by Christina Scherwin who delivered a Danish record in the javelin throw. In front of a crowd of 2200 spectators she threw the javelin 64.06 metres, an improvement of no less than 63cm beyond to the record she set at the World Championships in 2005. The second Danish record was claimed by Rikke Rønholt when, in the 400-meter event, she took third place in 52.84 seconds – 0.08 second better than the previous record from 2004.
There were also stadium records in the men’s 100-meter event and the 400 metres hurdles. In both cases the winning athletes were from Jamaica – namely Nestar Carter and Gregory Little respectively.