World leader Sofiya Palkina of Russia came out on top in a close girl’s hammer final at the World Youth Championships on Saturday. With little more than one meter separating the first four throwers, no one felt secure in the competition. Palkina started out the competition in fourth place while France’s Melissa Coquilaas took the early lead. In round two Palkina jumped ahead by a matter of inches and then improved again to 67.82 meters in round three to giver herself some breathing room. But she could hardly relax. Ningyu Shang of China threw a personal best in round four, and then Deniz Yaylaci broke 67 meters for the first time in her life in the final round. But in the end Palkina held on to the win with Yaylaci getting silver and bronze going to Shang.
World Youth Championships Cali, Colombia July 19, 2015 Youth Girl's Hammer Throw Final (3 kilogram) ============================================================== Name Country Result ============================================================== 1 Sofiya PALKINA Russia 67.82 2 Deniz YAYLACI Turkey 67.01 PB 3 Ningyu SHANG China 66.84 PB 4 Melissa COQUILLAS France 66.55 5 Ayamey Damiana MEDINA Cuba 62.96 6 Eva MUSTAFI Croatia 59.41 7 Eszter NÉMETH Hungary 58.64 8 Alessia BENEDUCE Italy 58.36 9 Dorleta ARMENDÁRIZ Spain 54.68 10 Michaela WALSH Ireland 52.73 11 Araceli NAHUEL Argentina 52.02 - Anastasiya BORODULINA Russia Foul