Remembering Kamila Skolimoska, the first Olympic women's hammer throw champion, on the anniversary of her historic victory at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney.
Today marks the anniversaries of three very significant historic world records which were all set in 1960 in Walnut, California.
Four-time world hammer champion Pawel Fajdek, double world pole vault medallist Piotr Lisek and European 400m champion Justyna Swiety-Ersetic are just some of the Polish stars set to compete at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting, in Silesia on 6 September.
It was a busy weekend – in relative terms, of course – across Europe with competitions taking place in Finland, Serbia, Czech Republic, Norway and Hungary.
Deanna Price’s hammer career almost ended before it even got going.
Recently crowned world champions Pawel Fajdek of Poland and DeAnna Price of the USA topped the end-of-year standings for the 2019 IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge. Fajdek won the challenge for the fifth time, adding to victories in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. For Price, it was her first finish atop the standings.
Pawel Fajdek of Poland may not be able to win Olympic medals in the hammer but he can’t stop winning world titles.
The United States had never won a medal in the women's hammer throw, or a title in any women's throws event at a World Championships. World leader DeAnna Price staked her claim on both early on and never relented to be crowned the first field event champion at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
What do Pawel Fajdek and Paula Radcliffe have in common? Obviously, the fact that when you look at their athletics CVs and get to the Olympic bit, you find that neither of these towering performers has even a bronze.
With four-time champion Anita Wlodarczyk sidelined with injury, the focus here will fall on the US trio of DeAnna Price, Brooke Andersen and Gwen Berry who occupy the top three spots on the world season's lists, a first in the event for the North American athletics juggernaut so late into a season. Indeed, hopes are high that one of the three will secure the first medal in the event for the US at a World Championships.