There seems to be no stopping the progress of Latvian Zigismunds Sirmais. On the second day of the European Cup Winter Throwing in Leiria, he won the javelin contest with a last-round throw of 81.60m to secure the first major senior honour of his career.
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The 2011 European Junior champion was back on top of the podium last summer when he threw 82,77m (271′ 6″) to triumph at the European Under-23 Championships in Tampere.
Still 21, he could really make an impression in Zurich in August at the European Athletics Championships because he is on a winning streak.
Victory here in Portugal came with his fourth effort to over 80m. His previous 80,12m (262′ 10″), 80,93m (265′ 6″) and 80,98m (265′ 8″) had not been enough to dislodge Germany’s Thomas Rohler who had led from the first round with 81,17m (266′ 3″).
But then, with his final attempt, Sirmais overtook him to triumph with Estonian Risto Matas third with 8,.58m.
In the men’s shot put, Russia’s Aleksandr Lesnoy, who was eighth at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot last weekend, this time triumphed on Sunday.
And it was a tremendous competition which ended up being decided in the final round which began with Portugal’s Marco Fortes in first place after his 21.01m from round five, an effort that put him ahead of Lesnoy, who had a best of 20,85m (68′ 4″).
But as Fortes recorded a foul with his final attempt, Lesnoy made no mistake, landing a brilliant 21,23m (69′ 7″).
Not only was it a personal best by the Russian, but it establishes him at the top of the European rankings at this early stage of the outdoor season.
Equally, in this year of the European Athletics Championships, he showed he could be among the favourites on a day in Portugal where Bulgaria’s Georgi Ivanov was third with his only legal effort of 20.59m (67′ 6″).
The women’s hammer gold went the way of Poland’s Joanna Fiodorow, the silver medallist from the 2011 European Under-23 Championships.
She won with 72,70m (238′ 6″) in the fifth round, a throw which relegated Eva Orban to second.
The Hungarian had led with 72,49m (237′ 9″) from round two but had fouls on her next four throws, with Germany’s Kathrin Klaas third with 70,99m (232′ 10″).
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