It was a great day for the hammer throw at the 2014 the 12th Sparkassen-Hammer Throw meeting in Frankish-Crumbach. The German world record holder Betty Heidler is back on track to win some big comps. Today she blasted away the chinese delegation lead by the Wang Zheng, who is currently the world leader with 77,68m (254′ 10″). Zheng was able to throw 75,73m (248′ 5″) to beat her compatriot Zhang Wenxiu who placed 3rd with 75,50m (247′ 8″). Sergej Litvinov won the men’s hammer event with 78,21m (256’7″) followed by Pavel Bareisha 76,69m (251′ 7″) and Alexander Ziegler 75,40m (247′ 4″).
At the beginning it did not look like Betty would win this impressive hammer event. Zhang Wenxiu who placed third opened with incredible 75,30m (247′) and was in the lead until her compatriot Wang Zheng took over in the third round. The world leader Zheng threw 75,73m (248′ 5″) and kept the lead until the very last round.
Betty Heidler opened the competition with 72,31m (237′ 2″) and improved her performance during all attempts (except for the fifth round). Finally in the last round she underlined who’s the “boss” in the ring. The world record holder Heidler threw a massive 76,91m (252′ 3″) to take the European Lead and placing herself 2nd in the current top world list after Zheng. Betty Heidler attended all twelve hammer throwing meetings in Frankish Crumbach and won 10 times already.
“I am overjoyed,” saidHeidler. “I came to Fränkisch-Crumbach to throw over 76m (249′ 4″), because I finally wanted to show that I can. That this would happen here at my favorite place to throw and during my last attempt is amazing. So I won for the 10th time which makes me proud”, added the 30 year old. “I’ve just got three, four competitions before the European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland later this year. Then I would like to throw a little farther, “announces the world record holder.
Sergeij Litvinov was the one who won the men’s hammer event. He won for the fourth time already after 2009, 2010 and 2011. It was a three-way battle between the Russians, the White Russians Pavel Bareisha and the German Alexander Ziegler. All three were throwing around the 75m mark until Sergeij finally threw the hammer 78,21m in the fifth round. Second was Pavel Bareisha with 76,69m (251′ 7″) and Alexander Ziegler placed 3rd with 75,40m (247′ 4″).
“I want to make this year many competitions and throw stable at around 80m (262′ 5″). Especially, I made so many changes during my training which I come along better and better. So I‘m happy with the competition, “said Sergei Litvinov.
“I was interested to acknowledge my achievements. In the end I still lack a few percent, but I currently throw so constant, that at some point I will come to the next step, “the 26-year-old estimates his form. “Sure, the EM would be a goal. Currently still missing a little something, but there are also a few competitions, “said Ziegler.