Daniel Stahl missed out on the world title in London last August by two centimetres but the margins fell in his favour at home in the Sollentuna Grand Prix, a European Athletics Outdoor Classic Meeting, on Thursday (28).
Stahl couldn’t quite reproduce the heroics of last year when he broke Ricky Bruch’s long-standing Swedish record with 71.29m - to move to ninth on the world all-time lists - but the 25-year-old found his opening round throw of 66.17m sufficient for victory on home soil ahead of world leader Fedrick Dacres from Jamaica.
After a hesitant start to his series which included three no-throws from his first five throws, Dacres almost supplanted Stahl with his final throw of the competition but he fell tantalisingly short, his throw landing one centimetre shy of Stahl’s early competition lead.
There were a series of excellent wins for Swedish athletes in the field events. Sofie Skoog cleared a season’s best of 1.93m on her first attempt to win the high jump, Angelica Bengtsson cleared 4.55m on her third attempt in the pole vault and Thobias Nilsson Montler cleared the eight metre line twice - 8.08m wind aided and 8.03m wind legal - to win the long jump.
On the track, former European 5000m champion Meraf Bahta took the win as expected but she was pushed right to the wire by teammate Linn Nilsson. Bahta broke the tape in 8:57.61 with Nilsson a close second in a 8:57.89 PB.
Elsewhere, Latvia’s Sindija Buksa, 20, won the 200m in a wind-aided 22.98 (2.7) and Hungary’s Grete Kerekes won the 100m hurdles in a wind legal 13.03.