Reigning shot put world champion and 2011 European Athletics Rising Star of Year David Storl started the season in impressive fashion buy adding almost half-a-metre to his indoor best with an effort of 21.24m on home soil at the Nordhausen shot put meeting in Germany on Friday.
Storl, still only 21, had three throws over 21 metres in total and fell just five centimetres short of the world lead in front of a crowd of 2000 spectators.
American throwers Reese Hoffa and Christian Cantwell, Storl’s two predecessors as outdoor world champions were second and third with 21.14m and 21.01m respectively while Poland’s 2008 Olympic Games champion Tomasz Majewski was fourth with 20.81m.
There was also another German victory for the crowd to cheer as 2011 European Athletics Indoor Championships silver medallist Christina Schwanitz won an enthralling women’s competition with world-leading 19.06m. In an entertaining duel, her compatriot Nadine Kleinert was second with18.96m while another German putter Josephine Terlecki equalled her absolute best with 18.29m.
Italy’s Chiara Rosa was fourth with17.92m and The Netherlands’ Melissa Boekelman was fifth with 17.44m.
Ukraine’s 2009 European Athletics U23 Championships high jump bronze medallist Andriy Protsenko showed good early form at the Demyanyuk Memorial high jump meeting in Lviv on Friday.
He cleared all heights up to and including his indoor personal best of 2.31m, which equalled the world lead, with his first attempt and his only failures in the competition came at 2.33m.
Protsenko also equalled his own outdoor personal best set last year and also the meeting record of Dmytro Demyanyuk, set in 2010, the son of the 1980 Olympic Games high jump finalist Aleksey Demyanyuk who died in 1999 and who the meeting commemorates.
Demyanyuk, the 2011 SPAR European Team Championships winner, was unable to compete this year due to illness. Viktor Shapoval cleared 2.27m for second place while there was a tie for third at 2.24m between 2005 world champion Yuri Krimarenko and Andriy Rubel, the latter clearing a personal best.
The women’s competition was won by 16 year-old Tamara Biryuk, who added nine centimetres to her best when she went over 1.89m and advertise the fact that she might be a medal contender at this year’s World Junior Championships in Barcelona.
Source: European Athletics