China captured another home gold medal in the Youth Olympics Games women’s hammer throw final on Sunday, highlighting a day with lots of action and upsets. The Games, taking place in Nanjing, China, are only in the second edition and both Games records easily fell.
The women’s competition couldn’t have been closer. China’s Xinying Xu led early despite challenges from favorite and top qualifier Zsofia Bacskay. Alex Hulley of Australia then stole the lead with a throw of 68.35 meters in the third round. Xu then responded with a throw of the exact same distance. As she had a better second best result, she captured gold with Hulley taking silver and Bacskay bronze. Complete women’s results are available here.
The men’s competition brought another upset as Hungary again entered the competition ranked first with Bence Halasz having set a world youth record of 87.16 meters with the 5-kilogram hammer to earn a spot at the Youth Olympics back in May. Halasz also had the 14 longest youth throws in the world this year coming into the meet. But he struggled with two fouls in the first two rounds. Hlib Piskunov of Ukraine, meanwhile, started off strong with two personal bests in the first two rounds. His second round effort of 82.65 meters added nearly three meters to his old mest. While Halasz improved in the final round to 81.90 meters, it was not enough to win. Ahmed Yousef of Egypt captured the bronze with a personal best throw of 78.59 meters. Complete men’s results are available here.
American Kenneth Brinson (Marist, Atlanta, GA) was also competing on Sunday and placed 6th in the B Final for 14th place overall. No Americans were competing in the women’s competition. High school leader Haley Showalter (Valor Christian, Highlands Ranch, CO) narrowly missed making the team in the hammer, but did compete in the discus and placed seventh in the final on Saturday.