Record-breaking Bukowiecki is a man for all seasons

Record-breaking Bukowiecki is a man for all seasons
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Poland's Konrad Bukowiecki here competing in the shot put final at the 2015 European Athletics Junior Championships in Eskilstuna, Sweden.

It was an outdoor world best that had stood for 36 years - but no longer.

On Monday night in Zagreb, Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki produced another sensational moment in his amazing young career when his 20.78m broke the world junior shot put all-time best with a senior implement (7.26kg).

European junior champion Bukowiecki eclipsed the mark of 20.65m held by American Mike Carter since 1979 as he finished third at the 65th Hanzekovic Memorial behind New Zealand’s Tom Walsh (21.62m) and Jamaica’s O´Dayne Richards (21.29m).

And what a stellar field was behind Bukowiecki with his fellow Pole and Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski (20.71m) in fifth and Ryan Whiting (20.31m), the double world indoor champion from the USA, in seventh.

The overall best mark for a junior with the senior implement remains the 21.05m indoors which the late American Terry Albritton set in 1974 but it does not matter what time of year it is because Bukowiecki always seems to deliver.

He has had a sensational 2015, with both the 6kg (junior) and 7.26kg (senior) shot. 

It began in Torun in January with his world junior indoor record of 22.38m (6kg) and then in March he was sixth at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague, breaking the European indoor best (7.26kg) in qualifying with 20.46m before matching that distance again in the final.

Having won the world junior title in 2014, he headed to the Eskilstuna 2015 European Athletics Junior Championships in July as the undisputed favourite and he lived up to all expectation, taking gold with 22.62m (6kg) as he broke the championship record which had previously been set by Germany’s double world and European champion David Storl (22.40m).

Now it is autumn, he has saved perhaps the best for last and with the athletics awards season upon us, maybe Bukowiecki’s year of glory is not over yet.