Pawel Fajdek Breaks Diamond League Record

Pawel Fajdek Breaks Diamond League Record
Pawel Fajdek Breaks Diamond League Record

A competitive showdown between global medallists resulted in four-time world champion Pawel Fajdek breaking the Diamond League record for the hammer.

Fajdek took an early lead with 77.96m, then Hungary’s world bronze medallist Bence Halasz was the first to throw beyond 78 metres, recording 78.42m in round three. Fajdek improved to 78.16m and followed it with 78.41m in round four, but Halasz then responded with 78.73m to increase his lead.

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Olympic champion Wojciech Nowicki (78.21m) and Olympic silver medallist Eivind Henriksen (78.23m) threw beyond 78 metres in round five, with Nowicki improving to 78.36m in the final round. At that point, just half a metre separated the top four. Fajdek, with the penultimate throw of the competition, sent his hammer out to 80.56m to break his own Diamond League record. Halasz responded with a season’s best of 79.29m, but it wasn’t enough to regain the lead.

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The women’s shot put was a reunion of the top eight finishers from this year’s World Indoor Championships. The three medallists from Belgrade filled the top three places here, though in a different order.

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World indoor bronze medallist Jessica Schilder opened with 19.46m, an improvement on her Dutch record, which stood as the leading mark until round three when USA’s world indoor silver medallist Chase Ealey threw 19.66m.

Ealey maintained her lead and improved to a lifetime best of 20.13m in the final round, moving her to fourth on the US outdoor all-time list. World indoor champion Auriol Dongmo threw a best of 19.43m in the final round to finish third.

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Olympic champion Valarie Allman lost her winning streak in the discus as multiple global champion Sandra Perkovic won with 66.82m. Allman saved her best throw for the last round, but her 65.91m effort came up short behind the Croatian. Olympic silver medallist Kristin Pudenz was third with 63.31m.

Olympic champion Miltiadis Tentoglou, meanwhile, won the long jump with 8.10m from Sweden’s Thobias Montler (8.05m).

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