Halasz is a record breaker in Baku

European Athletics

Action from the European Youth Olympic Trials at the weekend in Baku, Azerbaijan.

It was an outstanding weekend of action at the European Youth Trials in Baku, Azerbaijan, where Russia were the leading nation from 23 countries and Bence Halasz, of Hungary, was the individual star.

The two days of competition in this event was for athletes between 16-17 years of age and is used as a qualifying mark for the Youth Olympic Games which are in Nanjing in China in August.

Russia ended with 16 medals, eight gold, two silver and six bronzes, and 175 points.

In terms of medals, Germany were second with five golds, two silver and four bronze, followed by Poland with three of each.

Italy came second in the points table with 107 from Poland with 102.

But it was in the Boys' hammer (5kg) where Halasz excelled as he produced a World youth best of 87.16m.

Halasz is not 17 until August and last summer he was seventh in the event at the World Youth Championships a day after finishing eighth in the discus.

He has some hero to follow in his homeland in the Olympic and European champion Krisztian Pars and it was a tremendous throw by Halasz to break the old record of 85.38m held by Argentina’s Joaquin Gomez since November last year.

Halasz beat Ukrainian Hlib Piskunov, who was second with 78.69m, and a memorable weekend in the event for Hungary was enhanced further with Zsofia Bacskay winning the women’s hammer with 69.70m.

The overall standard was superb in a European Youth Trials where each member federation had a maximum of two athletes per event with only one being allowed to be selected for the Games.

Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki won the Boys' shot put with 23.13m while the Girls' title went to Russia Alyona Bulgakova with 18.33m after 18.39m in qualification.

Anatoliy Ryapolov was among the other Russian winners by taking the long jump crown with a best of 7.79m, teammate Vladislav Saraykin won the 10,000m walk with 43:45.38 and Daniil Lysenko was first in the high jump with 2.24m.

In the 110m hurdles, Poland’s Dawid Zebrowski was fastest in the heats in 13.54 but when it came to the final he could not repeat that time as gold went to Spain’s Juan Jose Garratxo, who produced a fine run to win in 13.58.

Germany’s Henrik Hannemann was second in 13.59 with Zebrowski third in 13.74.

There were victories for Germany in the discus with Clemens Prufer throwing 60.15m and the 400m hurdles, were Eileen Demes was first in 58.93.

The Czech Republic’s Michaela Hruba triumphed in high jump with 1.87m and Eda Tugusz, of Turkey, won the javelin with 58.96m.

Ukraine’s Dzhoys Koba had a flying performance to win the 200m in 23.81m and there was another gold for Hungary when Klaudia Sorok won the 100m hurdles in 13.32 with Switzerland’s Angelica Moser winning the pole vault with 4.20m.