The strong hammer throwers of the Russian national team competed today in Zhukovskiy, Russia. Actually, this competition was supposed to be a regional championship of Zhukovskiy but the national team decided to compete there as well. Ivan Tikhon celebrates his comeback with a victory and a 77.46m throw.
Throwholics was told that the conditions to throw were just perfect. The weather was great with 24 degree and a shining sun. The Russian national team is currently doing a training camp in Zhukovskiy and decided to test their form by taking part at the competition. The circle is well known to the throwers due to the recent training camp at the same stage.
Today, there actually the national championships of Belarus but Ivan Tikhon was not able to make it. Since 2002, Tikhon is coached by Sergej Litvinov who is the No. 2 of the hammer world all time list with a massive 86.04m throw. Tikhon is on his way to make the national team for the upcoming World Championships and was allowed by the IAAF to compete in Zukovskiy today. Today’s competition was his season opener and first appearance since 2012.
Tikhon opened the competition with 76.94m to take an early lead. Sergey Litvinov junior fouled his first attempt, Aleksey Korolyov opened with 75.37m and was closely followed by Kirill Ikonnikov (74.80m) and Valeriy Pronkin (74.64m).
During the 2nd round Valeriy Pronkin got very close to Ivan Tikhon’s leading throw by tossing the 7.26kg hammer to 76.80m. This meant not only being 2nd for that moment but also a 2m personal best for him. Pronkin set his previous personal best of 74.45m in Adler back in April this year. Also Aleksey Korolev improved during the 2nd round with a throw of 76.42m which meant a new season best for him. For a quick moment Sergey Litvino jr. took the lead by throwing the hammer to 77.09m. Just after that Kirill Ikonnikov bettered that result with a new season best of 77.15m. But this was not the end of changing positions in the 2nd round. Ivan Tikhon threw 77.46m to take back the lead.
During the 3rd round Valeriy Pronkin threw 74.60m, Aleksey Korolev fouled his attempt and Sergej Litvinov jr. threw another big one with 76.79m. Kirill Ikonnikov smashed the hammer to 75.72m and Ivan Tikhon fouled his last attempt.
Since the Russian national team and Ivan Tikhon did compete despite not being from Zhukovskiy they were only allowed to have three attempts. The final result:
1. Ivan Tikhon 77.46m
2. Kirill Ikonnikov 77.15m
3. Sergey Litvinov jr. 77.09m
4. Valeriy Pronkin 76.80m
5. Aleksey Korolev 76.42m
Today we had a great competition in Zhukovskiy. Ivan had his first competition today and he won with 77.55m, Ikonikov was 2nd with 77.19m and I was 3rd with 77.09m.