The good results of the throwing events seem to continue. At the U23 European Athletics Championships in Tallinn, Estonia Alexandra Tavernier produced a new championships record of 72.98m. The previous record (71.59m) was thrown by Bianca Perie back in 2011.
In order to qualify for the women’s hammer final the automatic qualification performance was set at 68.50m or at least the 12 best performances. Only two women were able to produce the automatic standard. Alexandra Tavernier, who not only went beyond the standard she also smashed the previous championships record by throwing 72.98m. Next to her, Alena Sobaleva from Belarus also threw beyond the 70m mark. During her first attempt she threw 70.53m and packed her bags.
Except for Tavernier and Sobaleva everyone would need more than the opener throw. But Fruzsina Fertig was quite sure she would make the final with her first round throw of 67.34m. So she saved some juice for the final and packed also her bags. Everyone else used all three throws to make sure to make the top 12 for the final. In the end 63.70m were enough to make the final top 12. 1