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Report22 Jul 2018

Nowicki beats Fajdek at Polish Championships, 79.59m world lead for Wlodarczyk


Anita Wlodarczyk registers another victory in Ostrava (© Bob Ramsak)

Wojciech Nowicki once again defeated world hammer champion Pawel Fajdek while Anita Wlodarczyk extended her own world lead in the event to highlight the Polish Championships which concluded in Lublin on Sunday (22).

Nowicki, the world leader at 81.85m, took command of the competition from his 77.93m second-round effort. He improved to 79.59m in round two and breached the 80-metre line in the fifth, throwing 80.26m. 

Fajdek, meanwhile, only produced two measured throws, but came close to stealing back the win with an 80.14m throw in the final round.

Wlodarczyk was more dominant on the women's side, reaching 76.57m in the third round to take the lead, before extending it with a 77.05m throw in the fourth. She then capped the competition with a 79.59m throw in round five to add nearly a metre to her world lead.

Joanna Fiodorow was second with a 74.25m season's best. Further back, Malwina Kopron threw 70.88m to finish third.

There were other high quality face-offs.

Michal Haratyk took the shot put title with a 21.85m third-round effort, well ahead of Konrad Bukowiecki, who reached 21.04m in the same round. Jakub Szyszkowski was third with 20.18m.

Piotr Malachowski took the discus title with a 65.78m season's best. Robert Urbanek was nearly three metres back in second with a 62.91m best effort.

In the men's pole vault, Pawel Wojciechowski beat Piotr Lisek on countback at 5.70m before bowing out with three misses at 5.80m. Justyna Smietanka won the women's title at 4.50m, a personal best.

Among the key highlights track were solid victories in the sprint hurdles. Klaudia Siciarz won the women's 100m hurdles in a wind-assisted 12.74 while Damian Czykier took the men's 110m hurdles title in 13.37.

Ewa Swoboda took the 100m title on Friday, clocking a wind-assisted 11.12 (2.7m/s). Dominik Kopec took the men's 100m title in 10.26 and came back on Sunday to claim the 200m title as well in 20.70.

In tactical 1500m races, Adam Kszczot prevailed in the men's in 3:46.24 and Sofia Ennaoui the women's 4:13.32. Marcin Lewandowski took the men's 800m title 1:50.27.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF

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