Polish hammer throwers strike gold and bronze in Qatar

Paweł Fajdek won men’s hammer throw gold during the ongoing IAAF World Athletics Championships in Doha, while Wojciech Nowicki was awarded bronze, after Polish officials lodged an official protest.

Both Poles were among the top favourites of the contest, leading this year’s world rankings. This was confirmed during the qualifying stage, when they topped the standings as well.

Fajdek was already in the lead after his first attempt at 79.24m. In his second throw, the hammer soared 80.50 metres, which turned out to be the best try in the competition.

The second place went to the Frenchman Quentin Bigot (78.19m), while the Hungarian Bence Halasz claimed bronze (78.18m).

Another Polish favourite of the competition, Wojciech Nowicki, finished fourth, with 77.42m as his best result. However, after the contest, the Polish side lodged a protest, as they noticed that during his first and best attempt, Halasz stepped outside the circle and his throw should have been counted as invalid. The officials from the athletics federation acceded to this view, and, as the Hungarian’s try determined the way he performed later, decided to award both Halasz and Nowicki bronze medals.

In Qatar, Fajdek confirmed his supremacy in the men’s hammer throw during the world championships, winning his fourth gold in a row. Nowicki, on the other hand, grabbed his third consecutive world bronze.

Polish men’s hammer throwers doubled the country’s score in the medal table. Earlier, pole vaulter Piotr Lisek won bronze, while… women’s hammer thrower Joanna Fiodorow claimed silver.