I just got back to Zürich after a long, but fun, weekend at the Swiss Championships that ended with another gold medal. It all started off on Friday, when I took the day off of work and headed down early to the meet. This allowed me to get a pre-meet training session in, a quick appointment with our team physiotherapist, and meet up with my family (who have been touring around Switzerland this month) for a pleasant dinner at the Castelgrande overlooking Bellinzona.
As I posted a few days ago, my main goal for this competition was just to repeat what I have been doing in training. Training has been going well and I’ve been on the verge of a season’s best for a few weeks. Unfortunately, my technique has been terrible in competitions lately. This weekend, however, I finally kept my technique together. I opened with a decent 63 meter throw that secured the national title. I then pressed a little too hard in the next few rounds, before finding my form in my final two attempts. My fifth attempt saw the hammer fly out to 66.60m. The official marking the throw in the field was cheering in excitement after seeing where it landed, but then frowned after looking up and seeing I had clipped the front of the ring with my foot. My final attempt was legal, thankfully, and measured out to a season’s best of 66.03m. It was also a new Swiss leading mark and my fifth best result ever.
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