Krisztian Pars flew to the top of the men’s IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge standings after his win at the István Gyulai Memorial meeting on home soil in Budapest with 80.73m on Wednesday (10).
The 2012 Olympic and European champion won by almost three metres to stretch his winning streak to 22 contests, having gone unbeaten since June last year ,
After three qualifying meetings, Pars now has a total of 242.50m to lead the Challenge and, making life very difficult for any potential rivals looking to topple him and deprive him of the US$30,000 first prize from under his nose, his tally is better than his winning totals in 2011 and 2012.
His nearest rival in the Challenge is Lukas Melich with 239.44m but the thrower from the Czech Republic could only finish third in the Hungarian capital with 77.92m.
Second place on Wednesday night was taken by Slovenia’s 2008 Olympic champion Primoz Kozmus with 77.98m.
St Kitts and Nevis’ Kim Collins confirmed his recent good form in Budapest with a 100m win in 9.99 while Jamaica’s Warren Weir beat his compatriot Jason Young over 200m with the pair clocking 20.01 and 20.07 respectively.
US sprinter Carmelita Jeter is gradually getting back to top shape after her recent injury worries and the 2011 World 100m champion won over her gold medal distance in 11.07, leading Trinidad and Tobago’s world leader Kelly-Ann Baptiste having to settle for a distant second in 11.15
Belarus’ Anis Ananenka caused one of the shocks of the night and set his third personal best in less than a month when he won the 800m in a national record of 1:44.43, a race which saw Russia’s 2004 Olympic champion Yuriy Borzakovskiy trail home a distant sixth.
Ananenka, whose previous best of 1:45.04 came just two days before in France, erased the former record of Anatoliy Makarevich whose mark of 1.44.84 had stood since 1992.
Cuba’s Triple Jump world leader Pedro Pablo Pichardo won his specialist event with 17.18m, eding out the USA’s 2012 World Indoor Champion Will Claye by one centimetre.
US 400m Hurdles champion Dalilah Muhammad won over the barriers in 54.87 in a close battle with Jamaica’s Ristananna Treacy, who took second in 54.94.
Greece’s Konstadinos Baniotis cleared 2.33m to win the High Jump, just one centimetre off his recent personal best which gained him the Mediterranean Games title in the Turkish city of Mersin.
In the women’s event, Anna Simic provided the highlight of the women’s field events showed there is another Croatian high jumper around, and not just a certain Blanka Vlasic, when she cleared a personal best of 1.96m
A correspondent for the IAAF