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An Introduction to Special Strength

Most coaches simply think stronger is better. To a certain extent, this is true; strength is a necessary component to success since you need to be strong to throw the hammer far. However, strength is not sufficient to throw far. Dr. Bondarchuk realizes this and that is what has set helped him become the world’s best hammer throw coach.

More About Coach Bondarchuk

I’ve already discussed a little background about my coach, Dr. Anatoly Bondarchuk. As I have repeatedly said, he is widely regarded as the best hammer throw coach in the world. However, when I speak to most people about my coach, their first question is normally: ‘why is he now living in small town Canada?’ The short answer is that his current job with the Kamloops Track and Field Club allows him to be closer to his daughter, an emigrant to Canada. A recent article in the Kamloops Daily News discusses this and more about Coach Bondarchuk, telling everything from his history as an athlete and coach to his pleas for more support for his athletes. As for how much he enjoys his new life in Canada, the ever optimistic coach said: “Everything is good. Good city, good people, good life, good job. Everything is fantastic.” This was the most informative and in depth article I have read on Coach B and well worth the read.

Capital City Track and Field Classic (WA)

Olivia Midles (Capital, Olympia, WA) and Jon Lawson (Prairie, Vancouver, WA) both picked up another win at the season ending Capital City Track and Field meet in Centralia, WA. Both throwers were just off of their personal bests, and Midles set a new meet record. 2009 Capital City Track and Field Boys and Girls Hammer […]

Pan American Junior Athletics Championships (Trinidad and Tobago)

High school athletes Justin Welch (Eastwood, Pemberville, OH) and Casey Kraychir (Twentynine Palms, CA ) both competed at the Pan American Junior Athletics Championships. Welch threw a personal best with the 6-kilogram hammer to place third. University of Arizona Freshman Tyler Johnson placed fifth in the men’s competition. The competition was won by Cuba’s Reinier […]

Schweizer Meisterschaft

This weekend I competed in the Swiss Championships, my last meet of the season. Despite a tumultuous up and down year, I was able to win my first Swiss Championships by a convincing margin of more than 7 meters. My good friend and teammate Roland Widmer took second place.

Centralia Hammer Meet (WA)

Juniors Olivia Midles (Capital, Olympia, WA) and Jordan Arakawa (Capital, Olympia, WA) won at the Centralia Hammer Meet on Saturday. Midles threw 168’04”, just inches off of her personal best. Arakawa threw a twelve foot personal best of 170’07”. Eric Murell (Gig Harbor, WA) also improved to 150’03”, good enough to earn him a spot […]

McCullough breaks high school 16# record

Senior Conor McCullough (Chaminade, West Hills, CA) set a new national record with the 16-pound hammer throw at the a meet at the U.S. Olympic Training Center on Wednesday. McCullough’s improved the old record twice times during the competition, ending with a best of 66.92m (219’07”). The record was previously held by Jacob Freeman with […]

Hammerama 2009 (RI)

Alec Faldermeyer (Minisink Valley, Slate Hill, NY) and Lee Stowers (LaSalle Academy, Providence, RI) both won at last weekend’s annual edition of Hammerama. Faldermeyer also threw a new personal best of 232’07” on his fifth attempt. That mark moves him up to second on the national performance list. You’ll find a slideshow of the meet […]

Heading to Croatia

I’m leaving tomorrow on a flight to Croatia. My time here in Germany has been fun, but I’m ready to compete again and that leads me to Croatia. I got a small taste of competition again this week in Saarbrücken, where I threw a new season’s best and the top mark in Switzerland for the year. However, the weather was still inclement and I reverted back to some old technical flaws that I’ve recently fixed. All said, I know I can do much better as my more important competitions approach and I’m looking forward to the chance to prove myself once again.