Germany finally struck gold here in Beijing when Sandra Schaffarzik made sure the women’s Javelin World Junior title remained in the European country’s hands two years after her compatriot Vivian Zimmer had claimed this title in Grosseto.
Schaffarzik improved her personal best by over three metres to set a new Championships record of 60.45m.
The Ukrainian pair of Vira Rebryk and Marharyta Dorozhon both improved on their national junior record to claim silver and bronze respectively with 57.79m and 57.68m.
Defending champion Zimmer couldn’t do better than a disappointing seventh although it wasn’t that bad a result since she felt sick during the final, according to the German delegation.
Dorozhon’s best effort, a new personal best and very short lived national junior record came in round one, the 18-year-old holding onto the lead for just that one round.
At that stage, China’s Zhang Li, last year’s World Youth champion, was in second with an opening effort of 57.35m.
The second round proved to be decisive. 17-year-old Rebryk was the first to move into the lead overtaking her compatriot by just 11 centimetres for yet a new national junior record.
Rebryk didn’t remain in the lead for long as Schaffarzik’s winning throw also came in round two.
The positions didn’t change, Li finishing in fourth with a second-round best mark of 57.52m.
The top six athletes bar Li improved on their personal bests.