Filip Mihaljevic Wins Men’s Shot Put in Torun
With a throw of 21.84 meters, Filip Mihaljevic of Croatia won the men’s shot put, setting a new world and national record. Mihaljevic broke the 21-meter mark five times (20.62m, 21.45m, 21.66m, 21.34m, 21.84m and 21.50m).
In a close race, the 2016 global indoor bronze medalist edged out 2017 European Indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki by only 1 cm. Bukowiecki gained the lead in the third round with a throw of 21.83 meters, but Mihaljevic surpassed him in the fifth round with a throw of 21.84 meters.
Nick Ponzio, the Italian outdoor champion last year, finished third with 21.53m, only six centimeters short of Leonardo Fabbri’s national indoor record. Ponzio also threw two additional throws above the 21-meter mark, 21.39m and 21.32m, respectively. Zane Weir, another Italian shot putter, upped his indoor PB to 21.50m to move into fourth place all-time in Italy. Two Italian shot putters broke the 21-meter barrier in the same competition for the first time in history. Leonardo Fabbri of Italy came in fifth with a score of 20.42m..
Filip Mihaljevic said, “It was my first participation at the Copernicus Cup. I am really excited about this result”.
Konrad Bukowiecki said, “I have not thrown a distance like this for a long time, so I should be very happy. I thought that attempt would be enough for the win, but Filip just stole it from under my nose. That put was very good, but it still isn’t 100 percent of my capabilities. I can’t say I am completely healthy. There are always some niggles, but I started to enjoy the sport once again and feel satisfaction, and that brings results”.
Full results will be posted here…..