Hungary’s Krisztián Pars established a new World lead of 82.69m on his way to the European hammer throw title in Zurich on Saturday, european-athletics.org reports.
The european-athletics.org said, at the end of the month it will be 28 years broke the hammer world record with his 86.74m at the European Athletics Championships in Germany (Stuttgart).
Until just around 4.30 p.m. on Saturday afternoon at the Letzigrund Stadium in Zurich that is, when Hungarian Krisztian Pars gave one final twist in the hammer ring and launched his way to a world leading throw and a successful defence of his crown.
According to european-athletics.org, even with desire for individual success, two of his main rivals, Poland’s Pawel Fajdek and Szymon Ziolkowski, showed the spirit among this collection of muscle as they stood clapping at the success of the Hungarian back on top of the podium after his last effort.
It was quite a performance from the shaven-headed Pars, who took the lead with 82.18m in the third round – Fajdek had led with 78.48m – before sealing victory with 82.69m, a throw that was 20 centimetres further than the world best he had set in Szekesfehervar last month. And, equally, he beat the last world champion Fadjdek.
The european-athletics.org said, this time those positions were reversed with the Pole’s 82.05m from round five, a throw that was heading towards the lead as it flew through this bright afternoon sunshine, but did not go far enough, winning silver and Russian Sergey Litvinov securing bronze with 79.35m, also from round five.
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Photo: MTI – Tibor Illyés