KHALADOVICH AND MALYSHIK SET WORLD LEADS ON FIRST DAY OF EUROPEAN THROWING CUP
On a windy but clear morning at the x-bionic sphere in Samorin, Belarusian Tatsiana Khaladovich rekindled her form in style on the opening day of the 19th European Throwing Cup on Saturday (9).
Khaladovich stole the show with a world lead of 65.89m as she beat Germany’s Christin Hussong, the woman who succeeded her as European champion in Berlin last summer. Khaladovich had won the title in Amsterdam in 2016 and finished fifth in her defence of the crown as Hussong triumphed in front of her home fans.
A long year lies ahead with the IAAF World Championships not taking place until the end of September in Doha, Qatar but Khaladovich saved her best for last today.
She actually led after two rounds with 63.07m before Hussong reached 65.47m and that seemed like it would be enough for the victory. But Khaladovich secured victory with her final effort as Turkey’s Eda Tugsuz was shunted down to third with 64.83m.
Khaladovich’s teammate Hanna Malyshik retained her title in brilliant style, winning the women’s senior hammer gold.
The Belarusian, who was also the U23 champion in 2016, triumphed with a world lead of 74.95m in the final round although she had secured the lead with a fourth round throw of 74.08m to move ahead of silver and bronze medallists from last summer’s European Championships in Berlin – France’s Alexandra Tavernier and Poland’s Joanna Fiodorow.
After three throws, Ukraine’s Iryna Klymets led with 70.28m from Fiodorow with 70.69m and Malyshik with 69.75m but the fourth round saw everything change as Malyshik took the lead with 74.08m from Klymets’ 72.53m and Fiodorow’s 72.22m.
The Polish star then jumped into second with a fifth round 73.22m but Malyshik could not be caught and her best was still to come with Klymets finishing third. Tavernier grew in strength as the event went on and ended up fifth with 71.83m from the last round.