Competing in two different competitions in Germany, Javelin throwers Tero Pitkamaki and Maria Abakumova produced years best throw on Sunday, August (25).
Competing at the Werfertage meeting in Bad Kostritz, Moscow World Championships runner up, Pitkamaki, started slow, but unleashed his Finnish power in the fourth round in which he landed javelin at 89.03m mark. Pitkamaki set a new world leading mark and broke Raymond Hecht’s meeting record of 87.87m which stood since 2002. His performance is also the best by any javelin thrower since 2011.
“I’m very happy with the competition and the distance, even though the wind was not quite perfect,” said the 30-year-old Pitkamaki.
In the other part of the Germany at the DKB Cup-Finale in Elstal, Maria Abakumova (RUS) competing against her biggest rival Christina Obergfoll (GER), produced the best throw since 2011.
Russian javelin thrower did not leave any hopes to Germany's Obergfoll as she dominated the competition with a massive throw of 69.75m in the first round. Obergfoll in her best try achieved 65.82 meters. Australian javelin thrower Kathryn Mitchell finished in third with a throw of 62.17m, only two cm ahead of Germany’s Linda Stahl who took fourth.