Bukowiecki breaks Storl’s junior record

Bukowiecki breaks Storl’s junior record
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Konrad Bukowiecki achieved 22.91m and then 22.94 in Bojanowo on Sunday 1 May.

The summer season has truly kicked into gear with a succession of amazing European under-23 and under-20 records.

Back in 2009, Germany’s David Storl set the European junior shot put record with 22.73m, a base for a career where he has become a double world and European champion.

But now that mark with the 6kg implement has gone – and it could only go to one man, Poland’s European junior champion Konrad Bukowiecki.

Infact, the record went twice in quick succession on Sunday.

In front of a small crowd perched on a bank of the venue in Bojanowo, Bukowiecki, 19, first reached 22.91m and then 22.94m, bringing delight from those watching and from him himself, as the young star roared with celebration.

 

He really does have such a bright future and this 22.94m is just six centimetres outside the world under-20 record mark set in 2013 by New Zealand’s Jacko Gill.

As Bukowiecki triumphed in Eskilstuna last summer, so too did Hungary’s hammer thrower Bence Halasz.

And now the European junior champion has improved the national junior best (6kg) to 81.76m, breaking the old distance of 81.34m set in 2001 by Krisztian Pars.

Pars is some act to follow, being the Olympic and double European champion, and the Hungarian legacy is looking stronger than ever.

It is just over a month until the European 10,000m Cup in Mersin and the home nation warmed up in prolific style on Sunday.

Yasmin Can not only produced the run of her life but ran her way into the record books, along with the likelihood of being in the Turkish team for the Olympic Games, as she won the national championships in 31:30.70.

The time, a qualifying mark for Rio, broke the old European under-23 record time of 31:44.86 held by her fellow Turk Meryem Erdogan from the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona 2010.

The European 10,000m Cup takes place on 5 June and once more Turkey’s Polat Arikan Kemboi will be one of the leading men.

Kemboi is chasing his fourth title at the Cup and he won the national crown in 27:59.59 to send out a warning to his rivals.

There is no doubt that 2015 was a year to remember for Belgian discus thrower Philip Milanov - and he is building towards a repeat performance.

At the Prijzenmeeting in Herentals on Sunday, Milanov, the world silver medallist from Beijing, produced a superb 'summer' season opener of 66.88m, just two centimetres outside of the national record he achieved in China last summer.

Not surprisingly it has sent him soaring to the top of the European Athletics rankings, improving on his 64.30m at altitude in Potchefstroom in February.

Surely the podium is in his sight at the Amsterdam 2016 European Athletics Championships and Olympic Games in Rio.

Chijindu Ujah is another athlete who will be hoping to maintain his fine form for the second outdoor season running and he has one record under his belt.

The sprinter ended last year second on the European Athletics 100m rankings with a national under-23 all-time best of 9.96 and in Bedford this weekend, he equalled the event record with 10.17 in the semi-finals at the British Universities and Colleges Sport Athletics Championships.

He won the final in 10.32 and as he said to Athletics Weekly after the heats: "There is a lot more in the tank."

Lucy Hatton, the European indoor 60m hurdles silver medallist, broke the championship record with 13.27.

There are 73 events across Europe this week. For full information, go to http://www.european-athletics.org/calendar