With a performance nearly as dominating as that which propelled Jacko Gill to the boys’ Shot Put crown on Thursday, Bence Pasztor won the Hungary’s fourth World youth Hammer Throw title.
Arriving in Lille as the world leader and holder of the World youth best at 83.92m, the 16-year-old wasted little time in stamping his authority not only on the competition, but on the history books. His opening round toss of 82.13m relegated the previous Championships record of 81.89m, set by his compatriot Sandor Palhegyi in Marrakech in 2005, to the history books, but in this case Pasztor was just getting warmed up.
He improved to 82.47m in the second round, and threw beyond 82 metres (82.04m) again in round three. With early evening rains again asting a shadow on the proceedings, Pasztor fouled in rounds four and five, but saved his best for last, an 82.60m launch which further improved his Championships mark.
"I just called my family, I'm so happy,” the young Hungarian said, adding that despite his favourite’s status, he was nervous prior to the competition. “Before the competition I was scared, but with the first throw I knew that it would be good evening.”
Ozkan Baltaci of Turkey was clearly as dominant in the battle for silver, with each of his four throws bettering the best effort by Serhiy Reheda of Ukraine, who took bronze.
Baltaci, a 76.99m thrower prior to the competition, opened with a 75.02m in the first round before improving his personal best to 77.53m in the third. The 17-year-old also saved his finest for the final round when he spun and released a 78.63m effort for his second personal best of the night.
Rehida threw 74.06m in the opening round and followed up with just one more throw, but it was more than enough to secure third place from Egyptian Eslam Ahmed Ibrahim, who was fourth in 72.35m. Turkey’s Tolgahan Yavuz and Diego del Real of Mexico, at 72.23m and 72.21m respectively, also notched personal bests to finish fifth and sixth.
Bob Ramsak for the IAAF