The 2015 Unversiade in Gwangju are over by now and some more impressive throwing results have to be covered. First of, the German shot putter Lena Urbaniak won the gold medal with a new personal best of 18m. Hanna Skydan won the gold medal in the women hammer event with 70.67m, the Belgium Philip Milanov won the men’s discus event with 64.15m and Tatsiana Khaladovich javelin gold with 60.45m.
The young German Lena Urbaniak did not foresee what was coming. In order to make a medal at the 2015 Universiade in Gwangju a new personal best was required. Actually, all medals were achieved with new personal best which underlines the great competition. Lena Urbaniak opened with 17.32m which would already be enough for silver. But she was not quite at the end of her best shape at that moment. She improved in round 2 to a new personal best of 18m. She could not improve any further, but was not needed. The Polish shot putter Paulina Guba takes silver with her new personal best, just 6cm under Lena’s winning distance. Brittany Ann Nicole Crew takes the bronze medal with 17.27m
There was no surprise in the men’s discus event since the Belgium discus thrower Philip Milanov arrived with the leading distance to Gwangju. He improved his personal best this year to 66.43m and took gold with 64.15m. The Australian, still a U20 discus thrower Matthew Denny improved his personal best with the senior implement to 62.58m to snatch the surprised silver medal. Andrius Gudzius, also really good on paper with a personal best of 66m took bronze with only 4 centimeters short of Denny. According to some sources Chad Wright hat a big throw given a foul which the replay could not confirm. Unfortunately, this could happen at any competition to anyone…He ended up 4th with 60.10m
That the gold medal in the women hammer event would be battled out between Hanna Skydan and Joanna Fiodorow was pretty clear before the final has started. In the end, Hanna Skydan had the upper hnd with 70.67m, followed by Joanna Fiodorow’s best attempt of 69.69m. Julia Susan Ratcliffe from New Zealand takes the bronze medal with 67.54m.
The medals in the women javelin event were spread over favorite roles. Tasiana Khaladovich takes the gold meda with 60.45m, Luze Mina silver with 60.26m and Irena Sediva from Czech Republic threw a new personal best of 59.89m to get the bronze medal.