Reka Gyuratz of Hungary on her way to gold in the hammer at the 2013 World Youth Championships (Getty Images) © Copyright
Report Donetsk, Ukraine

Hungarian hammer girls at the double

As predicted, Reka Gyuratz and Helga Volgyi continued their intense rivalry and achieved a Hungarian one-two in the girls’ Hammer Throw final, surpassing 70 metres on seven occasions between them.

By contrast the best of the rest of the field was more than a metre adrift of that line.

Having thrown an impressive 76.04m personal best and world youth lead last month, Gyuratz claimed the gold medal as expected courtesy of a 73.20m championship record in the second round, although it should be noted that the girls were using the 3kg implement for the first time.

The 17-year-old 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships finalist enjoyed a consistent series of efforts including 72.46m, 71.49m and 70.90m as Volgyi joined her team-mate on the medal podium with a 71.95m best on her third attempt.

Despite being more than two metres down on her personal best, Volgyi went over 70 metres on two other occasions with 70.81m and 70.49m to open and close her campaign.

Gyuatz now leads the duo’s head-to-head battle 9-8 this year and became the second Hungarain winner in this event after Andrea Keri won the 2001 title on home soil in Debrecen.

Taking the bronze medal, Ukraine’s Valeriia Semenkova delighted her home crowd with two lifetime bests.

The 17-year-old first threw 67.55m in the second round and then 68.62m to snatch third place and get the host country’s first medal of the 2013 IAAF World Youth Championships.

Norway’s Beatrice Nedberg Llano finished fourth with a 68.31m personal best, the 15-year-old improving by more than five metres to finish ahead of Greece’s Dimitra Zotou in fifth place with a personal best of 67.20m.