Malachowski Erupts to 71.84M World Lead!
From IAAF - Polish discus thrower Piotr Malachowski gave
himself a slightly belated but very nice birthday present, a day after
turning 30, at the Fanny Blankers-Koen Games when he threw a world-leading
71.84m in the Dutch town of Hengelo on Saturday (8). Not only was it a
national record but his effort at theIAAF
moved him up to fifth place on the all-time list and was the seventh best
ever winning performance. “Of course it’s a surprise, but in training I was
already close to 70 metres. I have been hunting for this throw for three
years now, and we had perfect conditions today," said Malachowski
“Yesterday, there was no beer for me, but today? Maybe, yes!” In the first
round, Germany’s Robert Harting left no doubts about his current form as he
opened with a big throw of 69.36m while Malachowski also started well with
65.53m, a distance no other thrower reached. The Pole improved to 67.73m in
the fourth round and then unleashed his massive effort one round later.
Going immediately into the the circle, Harting showed his competitive mettle
by hurling the Discus to 69.91m, but it was not quite enough to overtake his
rival and both men fouled their final attempts. “It’s not a shame to lose
when the winner throws over 70 metres and, in a way it’s also good that
there’s an end. On the other hand, in this conditions I should have done
better,” reflected Harting, who suffered his first defeat since 2010 and his
winning streak of 35 competitions came to an end.