Fajdek approaches world lead with 82.82m at Polish Championships

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Four-time world hammer champion Pawel Fajdek produced a fantastic sixth round effort on the second day of the Polish Championships in Poznan on Friday (25) to defeat European champion Wojciech Nowicki.

Nowicki led proceedings with a season’s best of 80.81m in the fifth round but Fajdek overhauled his compatriot with his last throw of the competition which landed at a sparkling distance of 82.82m - only 16 centimetres shy of his world lead from the European Athletics Team Championships Super League in Silesia. 

Fajdek and Nowicki will renew their rivalry at the Irena Szewinska Memorial in Bydgoszcz on 30 June when they will also face Rudy Winkler from the United States who separates the two Poles on the world list with a national record of 82.71m.

Double European U23 champion Natalia Kaczmarek also continued her progression through the ranks by winning the women’s 400m title in a lifetime best of 50.72 ahead of European champion Justyna Swiety-Ersetic (51.52) and fellow Polish relay mainstays Malgorzata Holub-Kowalik (51.77) and Iga Baumgart-Witan (52.17).


Kaczmarek, who also won the 400m at the European Team Championships by more than a second, moves to third on the 2021 European list behind Femke Bol (50.37) and Portugal’s Catia Azevedo (50.59).

Piotr Lisek also showed improving form in the pole vault, clearing a season’s best of 5.80m on his first attempt to seal victory from Robert Sobera and Pawel Wojciechowski who cleared 5.70m to finish second and third respectively on countback.

On the first day of the Polish Championships on Thursday, 20-year-old Pia Skrzyszowska provided the first half of a prospective sprint/sprint hurdles double by winning the 100m in a lifetime best of 11.22. Ewa Swoboda was a non-starter due to injury.

Kambundji edges out Del Ponte in 100m clash in Langenthal

Mujinga Kambundji pipped European indoor 60m champion Ajla Del Ponte in an exciting and high quality women’s 100m final at the Swiss Championships in Langenthal on Friday evening.

As expected, Del Ponte got the better start but Kambundji, who was drawn directly on her inside, drew level before pulling ahead in the last 15 metres to win by a fraction. 

Kambundji stopped the clock at 11.05 while Del Ponte was rewarded with a lifetime best of 11.07 in second. Salome Kora finished third in 11.33.


After a 51.1 relay split in the 4x400m at the European Team Championships First League last weekend, Lea Sprunger made a belated season’s debut in the 400m hurdles last night. In her farewell season, the European champion clocked a promising 55.35 in her heat.

At the Dutch Championships in Breda, Dafne Schippers won the 100m title on a wet track in 11.20 ahead of Marije Van Hunenstijn (11.28) and Jamile Samuel (11.34). Rutger Koppelaar also cleared 5.70m in the pole vault.

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