Today was the day of Mostafa El Gamel. This 25-year old hammer thrower from egypt pulverised not only the national record but also the arabic record and far more important the african record as well. He tossed the hammer to impressive 81,29m (266′ 8″) and took by the way also the world lead in the 2014 top list!
The previous national record of 78,21m (256′ 7″) has been thrown by Hassan Mohamed Mahmoud at a competitin in Czeck Republic last year. The african record, which was also erased by Mostafa was set in 2005. The South African hammer thrower Chris Harmse lifted the hammer to 80.63m (264′ 6″).
The improvement of this young hammer thrower is incredible. Check out the table below.
|2013||Mediterranean Games||Mersin, Turkey||1st||Hammer throw||76.68 m|
|2013||Islamic Solidarity Games||Palembang, Indonesia||1st||Hammer throw||77.73 m|
|2012||African Championships||Porto Novo, Benin||3rd||Hammer throw||73.81 m|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||29th (q)||Hammer throw||71.36 m|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||30th (q)||Hammer throw||68.38 m|
|2011||All-Africa Games||Maputo, Mozambique||1st||Hammer throw||74.76 m|
|2011||Pan Arab Games||Doha, Qatar||2nd||Hammer throw||70.23 m|
|2010||African Championships||Nairobi, Kenya||3rd||Hammer throw||71.40 m|
|2008||African Championships||Addis Ababa, Ethiopia||2nd||Hammer throw||69.70 m|
|2007||African Junior Championships||Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso||1st||Hammer throw (6 kg)||66.36 m|
Last year Mostafa was ranked 19th in he top list with 77,73m (255′) . As of today he is the one the other hammer throwers have to look out for. Unfortunately, there is no World Championships coming up this year. But who knows what might happen within the next couple of years. If he keeps improving like that one should definitely consider him as a contendor for the medals at the 2015 World Championships or even at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.
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Congratulation by the complete Throwholics Team