Ashraf Amgad Elseify of Qatar poses after setting the new Hammer Throw World Junior Record on the day five of the 14th IAAF World Junior Championships in Barcelona on 14 July 2012 (Getty Images) © Copyright
Elseify’s previous best remained at 80.85 to already lead the season’s list but the 17-year-old rising star’s best performance was still to come.Leading from round 1 the Qatari opened with 77.23, a distance which proved to be unreachable for the rest of the field today.
Elseify produced 78.61 in round 2 and a one-metre career best of 81.84 in round 3.At the cut Hungary’s World Youth champion Bence Pásztor was second thanks to a 76.74 second-round release ahead of Cyprus’ Alexandros Poursanidis who placed third after his 76.05 in round 3.
There was a major casualty in the guise of Turkey’s Ozkan Baltaci, holder of a 77.70 SB but he was never a factor and was eliminated, his farthest throw being 70.98.The fourth round witnessed the rise to the third position of Uzbekistan’s Suhrob Khodjaev as he marginally tossed ahead of Poursanidis with 76.11 to set a massive PB, his previous being 73.56.
Elseify’s scorching World record aside, there were no remarkable changes in the two remaining attempts; actually, only Russia’s Igor Buryi improved his previous mark but his PB of 75.83 was only good enough for fifth while his team-mate Valeriy Pronkin, holder of the second farthest throw of the year at 79.39, had a below par performance having to settle for eighth (74.51 in round 5) just behind the Finnish duo of Ilmari Lahtinen (National record of 75.26) and Juho Saarikoski (PB of 74.89).
Elseify will still be eligible for the next World Junior Championships to be held in Eugene in two years’ time.
Emeterio Valiente for the IAAF