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Men’s Shot Put Final

17yearold David Storl of Germany had become the first gold medallist at last year’s IAAF World Youth Championships in Ostrava, and fittingly one year later he became the first athlete to be crowned the World Junior champion here in Bydgoszcz.

The imposing teenager unleashed a 21.08m World Junior leading performance and national junior record in the sixth and final round after he had secured victory with a 20.31m effort in the previous round. His performance, the longest throw by a junior in the last four years, puts him in fourth position in the all-time World Junior lists. And Storl still has one year in this age category.

Although he ended up winning with a massive margin of 94 centimetres, Storl’s gold medal was all but a walk in the park. Following his opening round foul, he claimed the lead by 1 centimetre upstaging Ukraine’s Stanislav Seheda’s opening 19.80m. The Ukrainian would not improve on his first effort and would eventually finish fifth.

Storl’s lead was very short lived as Croatia’s Marin Premeru, who was second behind Storl himself in the World Youth Championships last year, hit a personal best 19.93m in the third round.

In round four, Storl fouled and Premeru, who in the morning had also qualified for the Discus Throw final, backed his lead up with 19.90m.

A very determined Storl geared up for his fifth attempt and his concentration paid off as he reached 20.31m to regain the lead, a position he would never give up from then on.

As the final round unfolded it looked as though gold and silver would be a repeat of Ostrava with Premeru supposedly safe in second but that was before home crowd favourite Przemyslaw Krawczak who was lying in sixth threw a PB 19.93m which catapulted him in bronze medal winning position.

Unfortunately for the Pole World season leader Aleksandr Bulanov of Russia also responded to the challenge and threw 20.14m to jump straight into silver medal position.

Premeru had to be content with bronze while Krawczak ended up in fourth while Storl, no longer under pressure, concluded the event with the best of the day.

Laura Arcoleo for the IAAF