Krzysztof Brzozowski dominated the men’s shot put final on the first evening of the 21st European Athletics Junior Championships in Tallinn today to hand Poland its first gold with a world leading throw of 20.92.
Brzozowski led from round one when he unleashed the put to 20.36, a distance only he and Italy’s Daniele Secci have beaten this year. The shaven-headed putter went on to throw 20.29 in the second, had a long 20m+ foul in round four, and landed his longest effort in five.
That was not only 31cm longer than his previous lifetime best, but a Polish junior record and a distance only Germany’s David Storl has beaten at these championships the incredible world junior record holder won with 22.44 in Novi Sad two years ago.
I am very happy but that is no surprise, said the understated Brzozowski. This competition was very important to me, I have been training about six or seven months for this.
I was surprised to have achieved this result but I am very happy because the crowd here is great.
Secci snatched silver with a last round effort of 20.45 leaving Germany’s Christian Jaguschi to collect the bronze.