Nowicki improves world hammer lead to 81.45m in Gliwice

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Perennial bronze medallist Wojciech Nowicki produced two throws in excess of 81 metres in Gliwice to defeat Pawel Fajdek for the third time in less than a week

The first final to take place on the opening evening of the Berlin 2018 European Athletics Championships in August will be the men’s hammer and in the space of a week, Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki has put himself in contention for gold.

Not many athletes break a personal best three times in the space of 48 hours later but Nowicki did just that with a world-leading mark of of 81.45m in Gliwice, Poland on Sunday (10).

Not many athletes, either, beat Poland’s three-time world champion and European Pawel Fajdek but Nowicki has now achieved that three times in six days to show that maybe his golden time has come after four successive bronze medals in major championships since 2015.

After victories over Fajdek in Turku last Tuesday and then Chorzow on Friday, Nowicki raised the stakes once more ahead of Berlin with this latest superb win.

He entered the event with a PB of 80.63m, which had put him second on the world lists behind Fajdek’s 80.70m, but that all changed for the 29-year-old Nowicki (he is just over three months older than Fajdek) with two blistering throws, reaching out to 81.14m in the fourth round and then 81.45m in the fifth round.

His final round throw of 80.96m was also in excess of his lifetime best and the previous world-leading mark - and would have also been sufficient to beat Fajdek’s best mark of 79.79m.

Nowicki also moves to third on the Polish all-time lists behind Fajdek (83.93m) and Szymon Ziolkowski (83.38m).

There was a fine result, too, for Joanna Fiodorow in the women’s event. Fiodorow beat Malwina Kopron with 71.95m to 71.67m, 10 months after finishing sixth at the IAAF World Championships in London where Kopron won the bronze medal.

Rohler over 90 metres again in Dessau

Olympic javelin champion Thomas Rohler produced the outstanding performance at the 20th edition of the Anhalt Meeting in Dessau on Friday (8).

Rohler was lying in second behind his teammate Andreas Hofmann after five throws - 87.22m to 86.81m - but the 26-year-old produced a terrific competitive effort in the sixth round, surpassing 90 metres for the second time this season with 90.75m to take the victory ahead of Hofmann.

At this still relatively early stage of the season, there have already been eight throws over 90 metres in 2018. Hofmann and world champion Johannes Vetter have both surpassed the 90 metres three times already in 2018 with Rohler the owner of the other two throws in excess of this barrier. 

Turkey’s Jak Ali Harvey won the 100m in a fast 10.05 and world indoor bronze medallist Sosthene Moguenara won the long jump with 6.67m.