Czech shot putter Ladislav Prášil glided his 16 pound ball out to a massive 21.47m (70′ 5″) in Potchefstroom, South Africa. Along with many European athletes, he is in Africa for warm weather training camp as part of his build-up to the August 15 and 16 world championships in Moscow. According to the Czech Athletic Association this competition was part of the Czech Republic’s training camp and therefore did not meet the requirements of an IAAF ratified meet. With countryman Antonín Žalský coming into 2013 with a 20.38m (66′ 10″) from 2012 Prášil will have to look elsewhere to drop a much needed “A” standard 20.60m (67′ 7″) to punch his ticket to Moscow with certainty.
Regardless, Prášil’s mark is a fine improvement over his 20.14m (66′ 1″) personal best from 8th of September, 2012. He stamped himself a WC 2nd day contender (top-12) when he brought home the bronze medal from the 2013 European Indoor Championships in Göteburg, Sweden in March, with a 20.29m (66′ 7″).
Only one Czech athlete has ever thrown the 7.26kg ball further than Prášil’s big throw. Remigius Machura has the Czech National Record with 21.93m from 23. August 1987.
With last week’s Kansas Relays being moved indoors due to inclement weather conditions indoors the Czech would also have had the outdoor world leading throw.