Palkina proves her hammer prowess at the Russian Youth championships
Throws and jumps provided the highlights of the Russian Youth championships in the three-day competition which came to an end in Smolensk on Thursday (25), the final stop for nation’s best athletes in this category before next month’s IAAF World Youth Championships in the Colombian city of Cali.
Hammer thrower Sofiya Palkina confirmed her good shape and won with 71.54m, the third best competition of her career, only centimetres shy than her world-leading mark and personal best of 71.68m set in Adler back in February.
This will make Palkina the clear favorite in Cali as no other girl in the world has yet thrown over 70 metres this season.
The silver medalist in the high quality competition was Anastasiya Borodulina, who produced an effort of 67.76m and now is second on the world list.
On the men's side, Danila Danilov was the clear winner with 78.01m throw, almost 15 metres better than anyone else.
Two athletes managed to improve the national record in the girls' javelin. Anna Adyseva was leading the competition with her first round 54.62m until Valeriya Kuchina threw 54.68m with her final throw.
Both athletes improved on the previous record of 54.54m, set in 2012 by the reigning world junior champion Yekaterina Starygina.
Valeriya Nikonova, coming from the same training group with the 2014 world junior champion Alyona Lutkovskaya, repeated her recent personal best of 4.00m to win the pole vault.
After starting her competition nervously and needing three attempts to clear her opening height of 3.40m, in the end Nikonova was the only girl to jump 4.00m.
In the men's event, Denis Akinshin confirmed his medal potential for Cali and jumped a personal best of 5.20m.