Throwers not left without medals
Belarusian athletes claim five medals at European Cup Winter Throwing, hosted by Portuguese Leiria
Yulia Leontyuk of Belarus has won the women’s shot putt, with a result of 18.56m. Fans were thrilled by her struggle against Hungarian Anita Márton: the current European indoor champion. Anita took second place (17.59m) while Italian Chiara Rosa came third (17.38m) and Belarusian Yelena Abramchuk (Kopets) was ranked fifth (17.11m).
Belarusians also claimed two medals in the U-23 category, with hammer thrower Yuri Vasilchenko winning silver; his 70.02m throw was his third and best, but failed to defeat Hungarian Bence Pastor’s 72.94m result. Victoria Kolb of Belarus finished third in the shot putt, with a throw of 16.46m, behind Shanice Craft of Germany (17.16m) and Turkish winner Emel Dereli (17.45m).
On the final day of the U-23 competition, women’s gold went to Yelena Soboleva in the hammer; her 69.95m throw was a personal best. Meanwhile, Alexander Kozlovsky earned bronze, throwing his javelin 73.39m: another personal record.
By Igor Leshin