Wednesday, 17 July 2013
Girls' javelin final report - Donetsk 2013
WRITTEN FOR THE IAAF WEBSITE
Australia’s Mackenzie Little won a dramatic battle with Cuba’s Yulenmis Aguilar in the Javelin Throw final, with both athletes swapping ownership of the championship record and the lead in a thrilling tussle for gold.
Competing with a lighter 500g implement, the 16-year-old opened her campaign with a fine 57.29 championship record before Aguilar responded with a 59.94 championship record and lifetime best.
Determined to regain her lead, however, Little dug deep into her reserves to unleash an astounding 61.47m in the fifth round, thus smashing her pre-event personal best by almost five metres.
Her victory is Australia’s first in this event in the eight editions of these championships since Kimberly Mickle won in Debrecen in 2001, and follows Monique Cilione’s bronze medal in Lille two years ago.
In third, Latvia’s Anete Kocina threw a best of 54.26m in round one to narrowly push Hungary’s Reka Szilagyi (54.24m) into fourth, while Turkey’s Eda Tugsuz placed fifth with 51.56m.