Ashraf Amgad Elseify who came to Barcelona as the seventh ranked hammer thrower of All-Time left the 1992 Olympic Games Stadium as World record holder after a truly dominant performance in front of over 9000 spectators on another night of fabulous action.
Elseify adding another gold medal to Qatar’s tally after Hamza Driouch’s 1500m success, continued his domination of the event this summer when leading from the first round with a high calibre throw of 77.23m.
That would have been far enough to defeat Bence Pasztor of Hungary and Uzbekistan’s Suhrob Khodjaev the silver and bronze medallists who achieved distances of 76.74m and 76.16m – the latter’s a personal best.
Elseify after his opener continued his electrifying display producing efforts of 78.61m, 81.84m, 81.60m before destroying Spain’s Javier Cienfuegos World record of 82.97m set two years ago in Madrid.
“It is a great feeling to break the World record,” he said. “I always believed I could do that. It was hard but I am very happy that I got it. I will be going to the World Championships in Moscow next year.” David Martin for the IAAF
Full event report:
Qatar’s Ashraf Amgad Elseify set the first World Junior record of the Championships here in Barcelona when he unleashed an enormous 85.57m effort in round 5 to break Spain’s Javier Cienfuegos three-year-old record by the incredible margin of 2.60m. Elseify’s previous best remained at 80.85 to already lead the seasons list but the 17-year-old rising star’s best performance was still to come.
Leading from round 1 the Qatari opened with 77.23m, a distance which proved to be unreachable for the rest of the field today. Elseify produced 78.61m in round 2 and a one-metre career best of 81.84m in round 3. At the cut Hungary World Youth champion Bence Pàsztor was second thanks to a 76.74m second-round release ahead of Cyprus Alexandros Poursanidis who placed third after his 76.05m in round 3.
There was a major casualty in the guise of Turkey Özkan Baltaci, holder of a 77.70m SB but he was never a factor and was eliminated, his farthest throw being 70.98m. The fourth round witnessed the rise to the third position of Uzbekistan Suhrob Khodjaev as he marginally tossed ahead of Poursanidis with 76.11m to set a massive PB, his previous being 73.56 Elseify scorching World record aside, there were no remarkable changes in the two remaining attempts; actually, only Russia Igor Buryi improved his previous mark but his PB of 75.83m was only good enough for fifth while his team-mate Valeriy Pronkin, holder of the second farthest throw of the year at 79.39m, had a below par performance having to settle for eighth (74.51m in round 5) just behind the Finnish duo of Ilmari Lahtinen (National record of 75.26m) and Juho Saarikoski (PB of 74.89m).
Elseify will still be eligible for the next World Junior Championships to be held in Eugene in two year time. Emeterio Valiente for the IAAF