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Halasz hammers his way into the history books

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Bence Halasz gave Hungary another golden day in the hammer as he won a dramatic competition in record style at the European Athletics Junior Championships in Eskilstuna.

From the country which has the Olympic and double European champion in Krisztian Pars, Halasz, 17, took this title with a fifth round throw of 79.60m to break the previous championship best of 79.54m which Ukraine's Andriy Martynyuk had set in Novi Sad six years ago.

But by that stage the favourite had long exited the event.

Germany's Alexej Mikhailov is the European junior leader this year with his national junior record of 79.96m but he failed to make the cut, beginning with 70.26m and then having two fouls.

Yet he would have had to have been at his best to dislodge Halasz who took the lead in the first round with 77.81m, building towards his superb winning mark.

Though Halasz would have had to hold his breath in the final round as Spain's Miguel Alberto Blanco, who had been in second with 77.75m, then produced the best throw of his life (79.05m), with Croatia's Matija Greguric third (77.35m) from round three.

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Halasz said: 'I am proud and happy with this championship record. It is important to win gold because Hungary have a great history in this event.

'I thank my physio who helped me a lot recover from some pain, and my family and the Hungarian team.'

Agnou is in seventh heaven

Switzerland's Caroline Agnou won heptathlon gold as she built on her overnight lead - and produced a national junior record.

Agnou, 19, scored 6123 points as she beat Belgium's Hanne Maudens with a personal best (5720) and Germany's Louisa Grauvogel (5704).

It was a superb two days for Agnou who broke her personal bests in the 100m (13.74), high jump (1.74m), 200m (25.24) on Thursday before adding record marks on Friday in the long jump (6.28) and then a sensational javelin (49.34m). She had secured gold by the time of the 800m where she was eighth in the second heat (2:23.90).

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Having led Grauvogel by 154 points with 3568 overnight, Agnou won the first two events on this second day and looked so strong.

But the positions kept changing behind her with Maudens having an excellent run taking second place in the long jump (6.21m), third in the javelin (42.27m) and then second in the 800m (2:15.56) after winning the second heat.

Grauvogel had slipped out of the top three after she was 13th in the long jump (5.60m) but two fourths, in the javelin (42.26m) and over 800m (2:18.08), took her back on to the podium.

Vita wins but Domjan makes mark

There was tension and excitement all the way to the last throw in the women's discus where there was delight for Germany's Claudine Vita, 18, who won a superb final that ended with a national record for the athlete who finished second.

Slovenia's Veronika Domjan had led with 56.04m from round three before Vita struck in round five (56.64m) and then went even further with her final throw (57.47m).

As the drama mounted, incredibly, with the last attempt of the amazing event, Domjan then broke the national record (56.63m).

It was not enough for victory, but it was some reward for her brilliant display as Russia's Anastasiya Vityugova won bronze with a personal best (54.21m).

Kosolapova's happy returns

Six days after turning 18, Russia's Valentina Kosolapova celebrated with a gold medal as she won the triple jump with a key leap in the second round that proved too much for the rest.

Kosolapova won with 13.27m and though teammate Kristina Malaya reached 13.25m in the next round, she could go no further and took silver with Romania's Florentina Marincu, the European Indoor long jump bronze medallist, finishing third with 13.08m from round two.

'It is a great win and a great late birthday present,' said Kosolapova. 'This win is only the beginning, there is more to come.'

It was not long before Russia had another field event gold as Anatoliy Ryapolov equalled his personal best to take the long jump with 7.96m in a superb final.

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He had led from the first round (7.78m) and when Britain's Jacob Fincham-Dukes closed in (7.75m) in round four, the personal best which brought him second, Ryapolov then delivered the winning jump in the next round of a final where Italy's Filippo Randazzo was third (7.74m), also a personal best.

Nielsen overcomes the pressure

On a great day on the track for Britain, the nation had its second one-two as the women 400m runners followed the lead of the 100m men.

Laviai Nielsen, 19, won (52.58) from Cheriece Hylton in a personal best (53.16) with Anastasiya Bednova, of Russia, third (53.27).

But as Laviai triumphed, there was disappointment for her twin sister Lina who was eighth (54.72).

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'I felt a lot of pressure all day and it means so much to win to gold,' said Laviai. 'I wanted to go all in from the start, and it was a great race even though I died a little in the last 50m.'

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