Anita Wlodarczyk hammered home another warning to her rivals as she triumphed in Saturday’s 51st PTS meeting in Samorin.
It has already been a brilliant start to the season for Poland’s world record-holder and she showed once again how consistent she is by winning the hammer with 77.70m, a meeting record.
Formerly staged in Bratislava, the PTS has now moved to Samorin, the town where next year’s SPAR European Cross Country Championships will be staged.
By the end of 2017, who knows how far Wlodarczyk will throw the hammer such is the brilliant form she has been producing?
After her world record of 81.08m last year, she now leads the world rankings with 79.48m and her fourth best throw of the season came in the third round in Samorin.
Even without her previous exploits this year, it would still have been a world lead as she beat Katerina Safrankova, of the Czech Republic (71.33m), and Poland’s Joanna Fiodorow (71.13m).
Great Britain’s 400m hurdler Jack Green is having a good start to the season, which he confirmed with 49.39 as he beat India’s Jithin Paul (49.79) and Slovakia’s Martin Kucera (50.17). Two days later in Prague, Green then lowered that mark to 49.18.
Matej Toth is one of the great superstars of Slovak athletics after winning gold in the 50km walk at last year’s IAAF World Championships, 12 months after his European silver in Zurich.
But this time he was beaten for speed in the 3000m track walk as his teammate Anton Kucmin won in 11:22.36, a world lead, from Toth (11:31.69) and fellow Slovakian Miroslav Uradnik (11:32.53).
In the javelin, the Czech Republic’s Petr Frydrych won with 82.19m from Estonia’s Ristos Matas (81.20m) and Latvia’s Gatis Cakss (73.14m).
Hungary’s Greta Kerekes won the 100m hurdles (13.73) and then ran the third leg of the 4x100m relay as her country triumphed in that too in 44.58 while Turkey’s men ran a meeting record (38.69) in their victory in the sprint relay.