Ukraine’s Hlib Piskunov dominated the competition from start to finish in the hammer throw finals at the World Youth Championships. Piskunov already secured the win with a first round championship record, but then moved the mark again in the second round to not only set a new record, but also improve his personal best. His winning effort of 84.91 meters also places him fourth on the all-time list for the youth age group. His countryman Mykhailo Havryliuk took silver, also with a personal best. And Ned Weatherly of Australia captured bronze.
Not far behind was Bobby Colantonio (Barrington, RI). Colantonio battled until the end and improved from seventh to fifth position on his final effort by throwing the second best toss of his career. America has now continued its streak of qualifying a boy for the last seven World Youth Championships finals. Colantonio’s fifth place finish is also the second highest finish ever, just behind Conor McCullough’s 4th place finish from 2007. The entire list of finalists and placings includes: Conor McCullough (2007, 4th), Bobby Colantonio (2015, 5th), Alec Faldermeyer (2009, 6th), Walter Henning (2005, 8th), Rudy Winkler (2011, 9th), Zack Midles (2003, 12th), Colin Minor (2013, 12th).
Also taking place Friday was the qualifying round of the girl’s hammer throw. While no Americans met the entry standard for the meet, Canada sent a strong team with two throwers having broken 62 meters with the international 3-kilogram hammer this year. Complete results are on the IAAF webpage. Melissa Coquillas of France threw a personal best and was the top qualifier with 66.75 meters. Canada’s Lindsey Frederiksen missed the finals by one spot in 13th. Her teammate Chanell Botsis placed 16th. The girl’s hammer throw final will take place Saturday afternoon.
World Youth Championships Cali, Colombia July 17, 2015 Youth Boy's Hammer Throw Final (5 kilogram) ============================================================== Name Country Result ============================================================== 1 Hlib PISKUNOV Ukraine 84.91 CR 2 Mykhailo HAVRYLIUK Ukraine 78.93 PB 3 Ned WEATHERLY Australia 77.60 4 Péter SZENTIVÁNSZKY Hungary 76.65 5 Robert COLANTONIO JR. USA 73.79 6 Aliaksandr SHYMANOVICH Belarus 73.05 7 Jake NORRIS Great Britain 72.58 8 Marc OKUN Germany 71.21 9 Alberto GONZÁLEZ Spain 71.18 10 Dániel RÁBA Hungary 69.96 11 Mihaita Andrei MICU Romania 69.59 12 Radoslaw SIKORA Poland 67.66