WL marks of Belorussian throwers: Malyshik 74.95, Khaladovich 65.89 and Katkavets 82.45

The audience in Šamorín saw great performances in the women´s javelin throw today. Firstly, the Turkish record holder Eda Tugsuz, fifth from the 2017 World championships managed to push the world leading mark in the third series with 23cm to 64.83m. However, right after, the recent European champion from Berlin Christin Hussong of Germany sent the 600g javelin far to 65.47m. However, this was not the winning mark in Šamorín. The 2016 European champion from Amsterdam Tatyana Khaladovich of Belorussia managed to show 65.89 in last but one attempt of the competition and pulled Hussong to the second place, the same as last year in Leiria.

“I am happy that I managed to mobilize my power in the last attempt and went over Hussong, who is a great performer and came to Šamorín in very good shape. The next goal is to succeed at the world championships in Doha,” hopes the 27-year-old Khaladovich.

“The wind was a great help today as it was blowing from a good direction,” stated the European champion Hussong. “I did not expect to throw over 65 and I just wanted to get the qualification standard for the world championships in Doha which is 61.50. Of course, I wanted to win but the second place with the result over 65m is very good for me.”

Five javelin throwers altogether went over 60m barrier, four in the Group A (except the medallists, it was also the fourth Borge of Norway (62.20) and the Group B winner Andrejczyk of Poland (60.56).

In the women´s hammer throw competition, the world leading mark has been improved four times. The Ukrainian Iryna Klymets threw 71.94 in second series, 72.53 in fourth, but the Belorussian Hanna Malyshik answered in the fourth series with 74.08 and in last round even improved to 74.95. The seventh from Rio Olympics 2016 stayed behind the ETC record of Anita Wlodarczyk from 2009 only with 10cm.

The high quality of the women´s hammer throwers is also shown by the fact that seven competitors went over 70m, and the Russian Tsareva did not make it to the podium even with the attempt of 72.13. Even the ninth Italian Fantini achieved solid 69.25m!

Hanna Malyshik: “I am more than satisfied with the result and I did not expect to show something like that at all because I was struggling with some health problems during the preparation. My aim was to finish in the top three and to throw technically as good as possible. When it comes to the concrete attempts, I did not have any special goal. As every sportsman, I would love to get a medal at the upcoming world championships and to throw technically well, to stabilize the shape. I believe that my absolute peak will come at the Olympic Games in Tokyo.”

Men´s discus throw title in Šamorín did not go to the main favourite, the Olympic champion from Rio de Janeiro 2016 Christoph Harting. Despite the fact that he was leading from the first series with 62.61m, what was also the European leading mark, he was beaten by the 2cm in the fifth attempts by the 2015 world championships silver medallist Belgian of a Bulgarian origin Philip Milanov (62.63).

“I felt really well but the result was not as I expected. I have mixed feelings because the other guys did not throw as I thought they would, but I am glad I won. It was not my plan to beat Christoph,” Milanov said.

Christoph Harting: “That is the sport. I felt cold, the wind was very strong. I am glad it is over but the first place would taste better that the silver. The way to Doha is still very very long.”

In men´s shot put, Francisco Belo of Portugal confirmed a good shape. One week after he gained fourth place at the European Athletics indoor championships in Glasgow, he managed to win in Šamorín with exactly the same performance 20.97m as in the Scottish metropole.

It means equalled absolute personal best for the 27-year-old shot putter. Second, the 2018 European championships finalist in Berlin (8th) Maksim Afonin of Russia (ANA) with 20.61 ahead of the fifth from Glasgow indoor championships Bob Bertemes of Luxembourg (20.55). Five shot putters managed to break 20m barrier.

“We had very good conditions in Šamorín – the sector, the gym and the hotel. To me, the problem was the transfer from indoors to outdoor competition with the cold. My body is not used to it. It was hard to keep the body warm. Despite this fact and the fact it was not as easy as indoors, I am glad I managed to equal my personal best. I believe I can attack the 21m in summer,” said Francisco Belo.

Men´s hammer throw in the U23 category was won by the Ukrainian Mykhaylo Kokhan. The 2017 world youth champion and the 2018 world junior silver medal holder beat the Berlin 2018 bronze medallist of Hungary Bence Halász with 76.39m (1.21m more than the silver).

Kokhan was able to improve his personal best twice during the competition in Šamorín – in fifth attempts he threw 76.39 and in the sixth series he even added 29cm.

The victory in the women´s shot put U23 went to the 2017 European junior champion and the 2018 world junior bronze medallist Jorinda van Klinken of the Nederland. She was leading even after the first series with 15.94m and she became the only one passing 16m in the fifth round (16.38m).

Men´s U23 javelin throw saw two world leading marks today and also Belorussian records: Aliaksei Katkavets threw 82.40 in the first attempts and he added next 5cm in the third round. Second place went to the 2017 European junior champion Cyprian Mrzyglod of Poland (79.41). Third place belongs to the title defender from Leiria Alexandru Novac of Romania (78.74).

In men´s discus throw, only two centimetres divided the Olympic champion Christoph Harting from the winning Belgian Milanov. In women´s U23 competition, the Coratian title defender Maroja Tolj managed to win beating Vanessa Kamgo of Sweden with only three centimetres (57.76m – 57.73m). Already second medal from Šamorín goes thanks to the third place to the Dutch athlete Jorinda van Klinken, who dominated the shot put in the morning session.