Moscow hero Fajdek has new bridge to cross

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World hammer throw champion Pawel Fajdek of Poland.

The dust has not settled on the drama in Moscow but the battle for hammer supremacy among Europe's leading throwers will begin again on Wednesday evening in Slovakia.

The top three men from the IAAF World Championships - Pawel Fajdek, Krisztian Pars and Lukas Melich - and women's silver medallist Anita Wlodarczyk are competing in Dubnica nad Vahom at the 11th Athletic Bridge - Memorial Zdenka Hrbacka

The European Athletics Area Permit meeting has 11 medallists from Moscow with the hammer part of the IAAF Challenge.

It is another crucial time for points because there are only two more meetings in the hammer series after Wednesday, with Berlin on Sunday week and Rieti a week later and the dominance of European athletes remains.

The competition, which comprises 15 events and included the World Championships, has Hungary's Pars leading the men's challenge with 242.50 points ahead of Melich, of the Czech Republic, with 239.80 and Poland's Fajdek, the gold medallist from Moscow, with 236.83.

His Polish teammate Wlodarczyk, the European champion, is top of the women's competition with 229.50 from Germany's Betty Heidler with 226.93 and Tatyana Lysenko, one of Russia's seven gold medallists in Moscow, with 224.89.

With neither Heidler or Lysenko in Slovakia, it gives Wlodarczyk the chance to extend her advantage.

Wlodarczyk, the 2009 World champion who won the European title in Helsinki last summer, broke the Polish record with her fourth round throw in Moscow of 78.46m but in the same round, Lysenko landed the hammer 78.80m to retain gold in a Championship record.

Pars and Melich will be looking for quick revenge on Fajdek who beat them all to gold at the World championships with his opening effort of 81.97m, a personal best and the furthest in the world this year.

But the landmarks which could be under threat are the meeting records.

The men's distance of 82.53m was set in 2005 by Ivan Tsikhan, of Belarus, while Heidler established the women's mark with her 75.83m two years ago.