President Hansen praises 2018 European Throwing Cup in Leiria

Svein Arne Hansen in Leiria

European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen attended the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal

European Athletics President Svein Arne Hansen described this year’s edition of the European Throwing Cup in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March as “one of the best I’ve attended.”

The annual event was first held in Nice, France in 2001 under its original alias of the European Winter Throwing Challenge. Since then, the event has been staged in eleven different countries but Leiria has the distinction of being the only city to stage the European Throwing Cup on three separate occasions.

“We knew that Leiria would stage an excellent competition. The city has played host to many big competitions at junior and senior level in recent seasons and the quality of organisation has always been of a very high standard. I can also say this year’s European Throwing Cup was one of the best I’ve attended.

“I want to thank the Local Organising Committee for their dedication and hard work in making the event a success and all of the volunteers for giving up their time,” said President Hansen.

Hansen emphasised the importance of the European Throwing Cup as a platform for allowing throwers the opportunity to test their shape against international opposition during the winter season.  

“This championships remains one of utmost importance for European throwers which is reflected in the final entries with 291 athletes from 40 countries taking part,” said President Hansen.

“For many athletes, this was their first competition of the season ahead of the European Championships in Berlin. We were pleased to see so many big names in action and it was also a privilege to watch Germany’s Johannes Vetter set a championship record of 92.70m in the javelin.”

The 2019 edition of the European Throwing Cup will be held in Samorin, Slovakia on 9-10 March.