Report: men’s hammer throw – IAAF World U20 Championships Tampere 2018
There could be a rare head-to-head between Greece and Great Britain for the hammer title in Tampere as Hristos Frantzeskakis and Jake Norris share the five best marks at U20 level in 2018 with the 6kg implement.
Hungary’s Bence Halasz had been widely expected to deliver a first world U20 hammer throw title for his nation in Bydgoszcz, and on a mild evening in the Polish city on Friday (22), he delivered in fine style.
With the six longest throws in the world by an U20 athlete this year, Hungary’s Bence Halasz looks poised to add the world U20 crown to the European title he won in this age category last year.
Ashraf Amgad Elseify became the first athlete to successfully defend his title at the IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014, in Eugene as the Qatari dominated the hammer final with a world-leading mark of 84.71m, just under a metre shy of his world junior record of 85.57m set two years ago when winning at Barcelona 2012.
World junior record-holder and world leader Ashraf Amjad Al-Saifi wants to become the first man to win back-to-back world junior titles in the hammer.