Great results, especially in the hammer events, were produced at the 11th Athletic Bridge – Memorial Zdenka Hrbacka competition in Dubnica nad Váhom. Krisztián Pars won the men’s hammer competiton over the new World Champion Paweł Fajdek. A new world lead of 82,40m was needed to beat Fajdek (82,27m). In absence of Lysenko, Anita Włodarczyk was the only one who could win the women’s hammer event. She won with an impressive difference of 4m to the second place with 78,22m.
10 days ago Paweł Fajdek won surprisingly the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow with a new world lead of 81,97m. Krisztián Pars could not beat him and lost by almost 2m the gold medal. This time it was the other way around. Pars produced a great serie of 80.94m 80.73m 81.54m and the final throw of 82.40m, which mean a new world lead, secured him the winning throw. Fajdek was not as consistent as Pars due to two fouls, his serie was 80.66m X 82.27m X. Marcel Lomnický became third with 77,91m.
“The conditions were excellent. I’m happy I was still able to throw that far after the World Championships where I had problems with my shoulder,” said Pars.
Tatyana Lysenko threw 78,80m and set a new meeting record at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow 6 days ago. In absence of Lysenko, Anita Włodarczyk could shine and win the competition. She proved also that she is in a good shape while throwing a new national record of 78,46m at the world champs. At the 11th Athletic Bridge competition in Dubnica she managed to throw 78,22m. Anita would have won the competition with all of her valid throws (74.79m 76.16m X 78.22m). The american Jeneva McCall became second with a new personal best of 74,77m and a consistent serie (72.76m 74.77m 73.16m 73.71m). Yipsi Moreno became third with 73,30m. The German hammer thrower Kathrin Klaas, who surprisingly did not make the final at the world championships, became with 70,73m.
The level of the men’s shot put event was nothing compared to the World Championships. Georgi Ivanov won the competition with only 20,25m. The canadian bronze medailist Dylan Armstrong became second with 20,15m and the american Christian Cantwell became third with a new seasons best of 19,82m.