31 JUL 2006 General News

Heidler improves record to 76.55m in Leverkusen

Betty Heidler (GER) prepares to throw in Osaka (Getty Images)Betty Heidler (GER) prepares to throw in Osaka (Getty Images) © Copyright

Ten days before the start of the European Championships hammer thrower Betty Heidler has improved her German record once again. At the meeting in Leverkusen on Friday (28) evening she threw 76.55 metres. The men’s Hammer Throw was won by Markus Esser with 81.10m.

Two more throwing events produced good results in Leverkusen: Ralf Bartels achieved 20.78m in the Shot Put while Steffi Nerius beat her national rival Christina Obergföll in the Javelin Throw. Nerius threw 65.23m while Obergföll’s best attempt was 64.97m.

Kirsten Bolm confirmed her fine form once again. She clocked 12.71 seconds for the 100m Hurdles and is one of the German hopes for a medal in Gothenburg. Tim Lobinger took the Pole Vault with a fine 5.85m while Björn Otto and Danny Ecker both jumped 5.70m for the next two places.

Jörg Wenig for the IAAF