Olympic and European hammer champion Krisztian Pars of Hungary delivered the best hammer throw performance of his lifetime with 82.49m which is also a world leading performance and new meeting record in front of his home crowd at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial in Szekesfehervar on Tuesday.
It was some contest as Poland’s Pawel Fajdek, Pars’ biggest rival in recent years, was leading after the second round with 80.73m and Dilshod Nazarov of Tajikistan taking third place with 80.24m.
Pars was obliged to respond and he did so rapidly, as he moved into the lead on his third attempt with 81.65m. He would then go on to throw 81.35m at his fifth try before setting his new personal best on the final throw.
“The circle was very good and I’m happy to set a PB. Based on today’s competition, I don’t think a throw above 83 metres is out of the question,” said Pars.
It was a close contest on the women’s side and the podium decision was left until late. Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk had her best throw in the final round with 75.53m overtaking Germany’s Betty Heidler, the world record-holder, who had led up to that point with 75.34m.
Heidler’s German teammate Kathrin Klaas completed the podium with 74.62m also on her sixth attempt ahead of Martina Hrasnova of the Slovak Republic who achieved 72.56m on her final attempt as well.
This meeting also produced an exciting men’s 400m hurdles with Great Britain’s Dai Greene making his return to competition. And he came through with victory in 49.89 after review of the photo-finish over Trinidad’s Jehue Gordon with Serbia’s Emir Bekric taking third place in 50.04
This could be the storyline for the summer as Greene and Bekric will certainly face off at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich from 12-17 August.
It was another triumph for the Ukraine’s Bohdan Bondarenko in the men’s high jump as he cleared 2.38m at his third attempt. Second was Ivan Ukhov who went over at 2.34m and fellow Russian teammate Danyil Tsyplakov taking third with 2.30m.
Bondarenko then failed to clear what would have been a new European record at 2.43m but surely he will have more opportunities to break the record in the months to come.