Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki tossed the 6kg implement out to a national junior record of 22.06m in the second round to set the standard for the men’s shot put final, then followed it up with 22.01m in the third and a monster foul in the fourth to underline his point.
Bukowiecki’s effort, decimating his previous best of 21.39m, was the second longest in IAAF World Junior Championships history, bettered only by New Zealander Jacko Gill’s championship record of 22.20m in 2012; only Gill and David Storl of Germany have ever done better with the 6kg shot.
Behind Bukowiecki, who is still only 17 and will be eligible to defend his title in two years’ time, the other top two places were volatile through the first three rounds before settling down.
Denzel Comenentia of the Netherlands put himself into second place with a 20.17m toss in the third round, his best ever.
USA’s Braheme Days reached 20.01m in the first round and finished third. Days, with a best of 21.16m, was the only one of the three medallists not to exceed his previous best in this competition.
In fifth place, Osman Can Ozdeveci set a Turkish junior record with 19.58m.
Parker Morse for the IAAF