France’s European Athletics Junior Championships hammer gold medallist Quentin Bigot brought his season and career as a junior thrower to close in stunning fashion when he set a new French junior record of 82.84m on Sunday.
Competing at the French Clubs’ Cup in Evry-Bondoufle, it was the second best throw ever by a junior with the 6kg implement, just 15 centimetres shy of the world junior record of 82.97m set by Spain’s Javier Cienfuegos in 2009.
Bigot had an inspired day. He arrived in Bondoufle with a best of 79.76m, itself good enough for 10th place on the European junior all-time list but started with a throw of 80.14m.
His next effort saw the hammer fly out to a French junior record of 81.30m, beating David Chaussinand’s long-standing former record of 80.34m which has stood since 1992.
His next three throws were 80.61m, a foul and then 81.12m before he finished off with a massive final record-setting effort.
Fantastic. What a way to end my career with the junior 6kg hammer. Bring on the senior hammer, said the teenager from Lorraine, who does not turn 19 until 1 December
He recently improved his best with the heavier senior hammer to 72.71m.
Source: European Athletics