After an exciting women’s hammer final on Wednesday, the men’s hammer final took place Friday evening. Defending champion and world junior record holder Ashraf Amgad Elseify of Qatar produced a season’s best to capture his second title. Despite qualifying in second position, Elseify had control of the final from start to finish. The shortest of his six throwers still measured nearly two meters better than the runner-up Bence Pásztor of Hungary. His furthest throw of 84.71 meters was less than a meter from his world record set two years ago, and the second furthest performance ever.
Just as Elseify clearly held on to gold, Pásztor had no real threats for his silver. All five of his legal attempts were better than the rest of the field and his final round throw of 79.99 meters was less than a foot from his personal best. Pásztor, who also finished second to Elseify at the previous World Junior Championships, also improved his distance even if he was not able to improve his position on the podium: his mark was the third furthest performance in the history of the World Junior Championships.
The real battle in the meet was for the bronze. Hilmar Örn Jonsson of Iceland looked like a favorite for third place after a personal best and national record in qualifying. But after three fouls in the final he was out of the competition. Joaquin Gomez of Argentina also set a South American record in qualifying, but fell to eight in the final. Ilya Terentyev of Russia also struggled in the final with five fouls, but his one legal throw was enough to claim bronze with 76.31 meters. As he said afterwards “I’m very happy with my medal. Not as much with the result. Not everything was good in terms of the technique, I was all over the place and had just one valid attempt, lots of fouls.” Terentyev finished just ahead of a surging Alexei Mikhailov of Germany, who launched a personal best in round four. Defending World Youth Champion Matija Greguric was just centimeters behind in fifth. Complete results are available from the IAAF.
America had two representatives in the competition: Charles Ionata of Wake Forest University and Clarence Gallop of Charleston Southern University. After wining the US Junior Championship in Eugene a few weeks ago Ionata returned to set a personal best in the qualifying round and place 20th overall. His best mark of 69.93 meters may have been just short of the 70 meter line, but it moved him up to 9th all-time in the US. Gallop placed just a few spots behind in 24th.