The 56th P-T-S meeting in Šamorín with 1 Olympic winner, 5 World champions and 9 European champions offered excellent athletics. Nigerian Blessing Okagbare run the first time on slovak soil a time under 11 s. With 10.98 she beat the 40-years old meeting record of Jarmila Kratochvilova from 1981 (11.09). There were also 7 stadium records (200 m Edward 20.22, Rivera 231 in high jump, Hrin 733 in long jump/national, Bigot 78.95 in hammer throw, 100 m Okagbare 10.98, 800 m Reekie 1: 59.60, 400 m Turner 54.89) and two world performances of the year in walking competitions at 3000 m. Dominik Černý (11:19,83), who was the only Slovak winner at the event, and Hungarian Viktória Madarász (12:37,41). Slovak Emma Zapletalová did very well on the 400 m hurdles, finished second with 55.45 and missed the qualification standard for the Tokyo Olympics by only 5 hundredths. Ján Volko managed the premiere double at the P-T-S well, finishing sixth (10.38) in the 100 m and fourth in the 20 m in the Slovak performance of the year of 20.62.
The world’s best lady hammer thrower in history (2x olympic winner, 4x World and European Champion) and world recorder holder Anita Wlodarczyk did not win in the third competition (EC Split, Golden Spike Ostrava) after returning after an injury. Wlodarczyk threw 72.95 m in the fifth series, but Venezuelan Rosa Rodriguez was better in the fourth – 73.34 (only 30 cm behind the personal best). The hammer superstar Wlodarcyzk still has 73.87 m in her account in 2021 from May 1 from Antalya, Turkey.
Although Martina Hrašnová did not repeat the triumph in the first event of the main program, she crossed the 70-meter limit for the first time in the hammering sector in the x-bionic® sphere – in the third attempt with 70.38 m. Sho also improved her season best from the Golden Spike by 1.39 m.
In the men’s hammer throw, the Frenchman Quentin Bigot repeated the triumph in Šamorín from the European Cup in hammer throw 2019: in the third attempt he threw 78.95 m and improved the stadium record in x-bionic® sphere by 28 cm.
Fifth from the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics Marcel Lomnický improved his season best by 9 cm to 74.76 m in the fourth race of the season in the first attempt and added another 43 cm (75.19 m) in the final throw and finished fourth. In addition, he had another successful throw in the record – 74.22 m in the fifth series.
“I half-satisfied. I achieved one goal – I improved my season best. Too bad I didn’t meet the Olympic limit. Technically it was not quite as I imagined. After an excellent warm-up and a good initial attempt, a turning point occurred. I went headlong in, I immediately wanted to attack 80 m. In the end, I relaxed and in the final attempt I improved even more,” said Lomnický.
Dominik Černý improved the world lead of Hilbert from Germany by more than 25 seconds when race walking 3000 m, but his time of 11:19.83 min was 15 seconds longer than his personal best 11:04.16 two years ago, when he finished second in Šamorín.
Mária Katerinka Czaková, a two-time Olympic winner and potential participant of the upcoming Olympic games in Tokyo, finished the winning hetric in Šamorín last year in race walking 3000 m, but this time she had to bend in front of Hungarian Viktoria Madarász, who improved the world lead to 12: 37.41 min. “I’m not walking at such a speed, after warnings I didn’t want to risk too much,” she said.