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Olsen blasts back with 21.61m PB

The Olympic Shot Put bronze medallist, Joachim B. Olsen of Denmark, highlighted last night's Copenhagen Athletics Games improving his own national record with a third round put of 21.61m. The result, which elevates him to a third position in the world list this season, bettered his previous best set in Baton Rouge, USA back in 2002 by four centimetres.

The record was a surprise for most observers as Olsen's impressive series of thirteen consecutive competitions over 21 metres between 2005-2007 ended in Birmingham in February and was followed by four more results under 21 metres.

"I've changed a lot of things in my training this year, so I'm extremely delighted that it's working so well. There's a lot more in me to come," said Olsen.

Olsen's next competition will be the European Cup 2nd League in Odense (23-24 June) followed by the Aarhus Athletic Games (29 June), where he'll be facing USA's Christian Cantwell, who currently tops the world season list with a put of 21.98 metres.

Jeppe Weinreich for the IAAF



100 metres
1. Amandine Allu Affoué, IVR 11.44w
400 metres
1. Fabienne Feraez, BEN 52.54
Javelin Throw
1. Lada Chernova, RUS 56.33


100 metres
1. Chinedu Oriala, NGR 10,44
800 metres
1. Samson Surum, KEN 1:47,40
Triple Jump
1. Yevgeni Plotnir, RUS 16.59
Discus Throw
1. Omar El Ghazaly, EGY 62.91
Shot Put
1. Joachim B. Olsen, DEN 21.61 NR
2. Manuel Martinez, ESP 18.84