Aksana Miankova set an Olympic record of 76.34m to win gold in the hammer (Getty Images) © Copyright
General News 2 August 2009 – Minsk, Belarus

Building momentum, Menkova improves to 76.32m in Minsk

Minsk, BelarusOlympic Hammer Throw champion Aksana Menkova is picking up some impressive momentum on the way to the World championship after her victory at the Mechislav Ovsyanick Memorial on Saturday (1).

After an opening round effort of 71.63m, her main opponent Darya Pchelnik couldn’t respond. In the second round Menkova, having elegantly and powerfully spun in the circle, sent the hammer to a season’s best of 76.32m, the fourth farthest throw of the season.

She followed up with more solid throwing, reaching 75.80m and illustrating strong technique, again threw well, reaching 74.12m.

Pchelnik finished second with a best effort of 73.11m, with three throws beyond 70m. Third place went to Maryia Smaliachkova whose best effort was her first toss of 70.29m.

“I am very happy that I have again entered into the world elite,” Menkova said. “After my victory in Beijing I was named the best sportsman of the year in Belarus. After that there were many meetings and not enough time for trainings. Before the World championship I have tried to increase my training loading, and am very happy that again I’m beginning to throw 75 metres. Today my coach Valery Vorontsov and I have no complaints about my technique. Almost all my throws turned out faultless.”

63.25m national javelin record for Novik

In the men’s Shot Put, Pavel Lyzhyn reached a season’s best of 20.83m in the second round. After his victory he noted he wasn’t competing at full strength, and that he is capable of throwing farther this year. Finishing second was Yury Bialou (20.00m) who also improved his season’s best to earn his ticket to Berlin. 

That same right, but for the Qatari team, went to Ahmed Mohamed Dheeb, who won the Disctus Throw with a 63.10m personal best.

A Belarus national record fell to Maryna Novik who threw 63.25 in the Javelin Throw. She will also be in Berlin, as will Maksim Lynsha, the improved her season’s best to 13.56 in the110m Hurdles. The same was true for former Belorussian Dmitrij Valukevic (Slovakia) who won the Triple Jump competition with a 17.09m leap.

Mikhail Dubitski for the IAAF

Leading results -

400 Metres:
1. Dzmitry Paluyan - 48.46
2. Mikita Yakauleu - 48.69

110m Hurdles:
1. Maksim Lynsha - 13.56

400m Hurdles:
1. Andrey Kozlovskiy - 53.07

Triple Jump:
1. Dmitrij Valukevic (Slovakia) - 17.09
2. Raman Pakhomchyk - 16.51
3. Siarhei Ivanou - 16.22

Shot Put:
1. Pavel Lyzhyn - 20.83.
2. Yury Bialou - 20.00

Discus Throw:
1. Ahmed Mohamed Dheeb (Qatar) - 63.10
2. Dzmitry Sivakou - 60.20
3. Ruslan Khlybau - 58.10

Hammer Throw:
1. Dmitry Shako - 76.11
2. Andrei Varantsou - 75.91
3. Dzmitry Marshin - 73.95

Javelin Throw:
1. Aliaksandr Ashomka - 79.80
2. Anatoli Adakhovski - 76.80

400 Metres:
1. Katsiaryna Mishyna - 53.65
2. Sviatlana Usovich - 54.20

800 Metres:
1. Tatsiana Suprun - 2.06.20

400 Metres Hurdles:
1. Krystsina Viadzernikava - 58.83

Hammer Throw:
1. Aksana Miankova - 76.32
2. Darya Pchelnik - 73.11
3. Maryia Smaliachkova - 70.29

Javelin Throw:
1. Maryna Novik - 63.25
2. Maryna Buksa - 57.16

4x100 Metres Relay:
1. Belarus-1 (Hanna Bahdanovich, Aksana Drahun, Elena Kievich, Yulia Nestsiarenka) - 44.33