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Fajdek and Wlodarczyk improved the meeting records

27.6.2017 | 21:01

Foto: Pavel Lebeda (sport-pics.cz)

The Polish hammer throw school introduced the best of the bests at the Ostrava Golden Spike meeting 2017. The first two events one day before the official start of the 56th edition of the meeting were crowned by the huge performances of Anita Wlodarczyk and Pawel Fajdek in the new meeting records.

The world record holder among women skipped the European Athletics Team Championships in Lille and arrived to Ostrava in a great shape. She turned her ninth start on the throwing meadow at the Municipal stadium in Vitkovice into the next victory. She sent her hammer to the distance of 79.68m in the second series and improved the meeting record. She even managed to put the record forward in the fourth series to 79.72 and crowd went wild. Wlodarczyk managed to break the 79 metres four times and spread the smile around the sector. “I think it was the best competition of my career. To throw over 79 four times in one competition, it is exceptional. So maybe next year I finally come and break the 80 metres at my tenth visit in Ostrava,” she said after the event. She admitted that the competition was quite emotive from the beginning as it is the Kamila Skolimowska memorial, who was a good friend of Anita. “Always when I see the pictures around, the emotions are very strong. I am still using her throwing glove and I am thinking about her very much here in Ostrava. That is also one of the reasons why I like competing here so much,” she added.

Wlodarczyk beat the second Chinese Wang Zheng with 3.5 metres but she was also very satisfied. With 76.25 attempt, she improved her personal maximum. The third was Hanna Skydan of Azerbaijan with 74.25.

Only a couple of minutes after the Polish record holder, her compatriot Pawel Fajdek also confirmed a good shape in men´s competition. The double world champion shocked the opponents with a 83.44 throw – the new meeting record and also the world leading mark. “I arrived to Ostrava from Lille quite tired. I decided to risk the first attempt. I gave everything into it and it is the third best result of my life,” Fajdek commented the start of the competition. “I even thought that I would be able to add a couple of centimetres and to attack the Polish record but I was risking too much already.”

The only hammer thrower, who managed to put the hammer over 80 metres in Ostrava on Tuesday was also the Polish representative Wojciech Nowicki. With 80.31 he improved his personal record and took the second place. Third was Hungarian athlete Bence Halász with 78.85 from the last series. He even put the Olympic champion Dilshod Narazov from Kyrgyzstan behind as well as Krisztián Pars from Hungary.

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