Spaniard Javier Cienfuegos in a local competition in Madrid on Wednesday (17) improved the World Junior record* in the Hammer Throw (6kg implement) with a performance of 82.93m, bettering the previous mark established by Russian Yevgeniy Aydamirov with 82.62 metres in 2006.
[Update 21 June 2009 - Upon further review, result was revised to 82.97.]
Cienfuegos started his series with 79.88 metres to continue with x, 81,22 metres, x, 81,83 metres and closed it with the 82.93.
The athlete is born in Montijo (Badajoz) on 15 July 1990 and trained by former Spanish record holder Raúl Jimeno, is the first Spanish athlete to achieve a World Junior record.
This weekend Cienfuegos will compete in the European Team Championships in Leiria, trying to break the Spanish absolute record with the 7.260 kilos Hammer (75.42m, Moisés Campeny, 23 Feb 2003).
Cienfuegos produced a 74.77 metres effort on 6 June in Castellon with ocassion of the European Clubs Cup.
He will be the main favourite for gold in the next European Junior Championships, to be celebrated in July in Novi Sad (Serbia).
Ignacio Mansilla for the IAAF
*subject to usual ratification procedures