Slovenian hammer king Primoz Kozmus, throwing a short drive from his birthplace, opened the season with a throw of 78,75m (258′ 4″) to top the 13th International Meting in Bistrica, Slovenia.
Battling persistant cold and rainy conditions, Primoz opened the competition with a useful 75,35m (247′ 3″). He was excited to come out of the gate surpassing his self-predicted performance. Not one to rest on his laurels, he knocked out a 77,08m (252′ 10″) and 76,99m (252′ 7″) to wrap-up the prelims.
Moving onto the finals, the Olympic gold medalist continued his assalt on the 77m (252′ 7″) arc. Primoz spent the next two rounds sticking the turf at 77,97m (255′ 10″) and his winner of 78,75m (258′ 4″).
Kozmus much more than last year:
“Given the fact that I did not open my season very well in Bistrica last year I’m very pleased with this result. It is a good start for the upcoming World Championships. During the week I had some troubles with my lower back and I didn’t know if I could start here. But it turned out to be only a small problem and I’m very happy with the result,” said Kozmus.
The shot put was won by the European indoor silver medalist Hamza Alic from Bosnia and Herzegovina with a solid 19.52m (64′ 0″).