Wednesday, 17 July 2013

Boys’ hammer throw final report - Donetsk 2013


Croatia’s Matiji Greguric unleashed a mammoth 79.38m effort to snatch victory in the sixth and final round in a competition which saw the lead being exchanged several times with huge distances in the latter stages. 

The 16-year-old shot from fifth to first place courtesy of his impressive best mark, pushing the current leader Australia’s Matthew Denny (78.67m) out of contention as Belarus’ Pavel Paliakoy’s 79.02m last–gasp throw then snuck him into the silver medal position, thus leaving Denny to take the bronze.

Greguric enjoyed a consistent series including 76.19m, 76.62m and 78.37m efforts before taking his winning throw to clinch Croatia’s first ever medal in this event in the 14-year history of this championship.

Paliakoy meanwhile, progressed from fourth to second place with his best effort, following 77.05m, 78.45m, 77.92m and 77.60m marks.

Denny, who leads the discus world youth list, will attempt to make amends with gold in that event on Saturday (13), having fell almost four metres short of his 81.44m best this evening.

The 17-year-old Australian fouled three times and could only open his campaign with 77.66m and 77.37m, respectively – eventually going a metre further on his fifth attempt. 

In fourth place, Raman Zholudzeu of Belarus registered a 78.55m personal best, whilst Qatar’s Ahmed Amgad Elsify threw a 77.33m lifetime best for fifth. 

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