Polish hammer thrower, Anita Wlodarczyk, is again going to be one of the biggest stars at the athletic meeting P-T-S on Saturday, June 17 at the x-bionic® sphere in Samorin. Last year, she set up the record of the meeting when thrown 77,70 m, this year is targeting 80 m.
“I am waiting for 80 metres, and maybe tomorrow it will end. I have a good technique, but I lack better acceleration in the circle,” said Wlodarczyk. “The circle after surface treatment should be better than last year, so let´s see. From the last year, I remember this meeting as very pleasant with a great atmosphere and full of people,” added Wlodarczyk.
31-year-old Polish athlete is a two-time Olympic winner, two-time World champion and three-time European champion, and moreover is a World record holder of 82,98 m. This year, she is leading the charts with her performance of 79,73 in Dauha.
“I am a competitive person and I would be happy, if I had good competitors at every race. I think I can still improve the world record, ” added Wlodarczyk.
In the men´s category of hammer throwers, Pawel Fajdek, her fellow-countryman, is a main favorite to win, he leads the charts with his performance of 82,40 m from Turku. The best Slovak, Martin Lomnicky, did not have a valid attempt there, but this year has already thrown 77,92 m in Coral Gables, Florida, USA.
I am well prepared physically, but in the previous races I suffered technically. I hope that I will have a better day in front of the home audience. I would like to approach my season’s best, maybe to overthrow it,” said Lomnicky. When asked if he dares to win in Samorin, the fifth best hammer thrower at Olympics in Rio de Janeiro answered no. “I am interested in second place, because Pawel Fajdek is markedly better than the rest, who throw approximately 76 metres.”
One year ago, Lomnicky finished second in Samorin, he threw 76,67 m, Dilsod Nazarov from Tajikistan won and later became a champion at the Olympics in Rio. Last year, athletes complained about the slow circle. How is going to be like this time?
“Last year, the circle was new and a little bit slow. I felt fine when throwing here. Last week I came here and grinded the circle a little bit, so it is smoother. I hope that performances will be better this time.”