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THROWERS IN RECORD FORM

TEN CHAMPIONSHIP BESTS WERE HIGHLIGHTED BY TOP MARKS IN BOTH THE SHOT AND THE JAVELIN

KONRAD BUKOWIECKI and Neeraj Chopra set two world under-20 records in a championships of high standards.

As a defending champion from the host country, shot-putter Bukowiecki was the poster boy of the championships and he lived up to his billing with a 23.34m heave with the 6kg implement lighter than the one used in senior competition.

USA topped the 4x100m podium ahead of France and Germany
GETTY IMAGES & JEAN-PIERRE DURAND

While Poland is known for its throwers, it was the less likely nation of India that provided the other world record-breaker.

Javelin thrower Chopra went to eighth on the world senior list for 2016 to become the first Indian to set a world senior or junior mark.

Ten championship records and ten junior world leading marks for 2016 were set during the six days of the championships.

Konrad Bukowiecki: overcome with emotion after record-breaking win

United States dominated the medal table, acquiring 11 golds and 21 podium places in all – by both counts more than twice that of the second-placed nation.

At the other end of the scale, the British team came back with just the one medal for walks winner Callum Wilkinson. The nation had accumulated 29 medals from the previous five editions of the event.

Kinga Lepkowska: threw a PB to place sixth on home soil

British Athletics team leader Jo Summers said: “I could not be prouder of the team here in Bydgoszcz. To come and compete against the best in the world, with the exceptionally high standards, and come away with 14 new personal bests, compete in 20 finals and win one gold medal is a tremendous achievement. This is a young team who will learn and grow from their experiences here.”

KONRAD BUKOWIECKI started the championships in style by breaking the shot put world mark of 23.00m which had been set by New Zealand’s Jacko Gill in 2013.

Romania’s Andrei Toader threw a 22.30m PB for silver and USA’s Bronson Osborn 21.27m for bronze.

The Polish winner added 0 centimetres to his own best with the 6kg implement and already owned the world best with the senior shot put – the 1.14m which makes him 10th best in the world in 2016.

Bukowiecki, who hails from Szczytno, 200 miles from the venue, said: “I can’t believe I just cried, I don’t know what just happened.” just happened.

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ACTION 6 MÜLLER ANNIVERSARY GAMES Kendra Harrison sets world record and Laura Muir breaks GB 1500m mark in London 24 WORLD UNDER-20 CHAMPS Konrad Bukowiecki and Neeraj Chopra throw global junior bests at Bydgoszcz SPOTLIGHT 34 WHERE ARE THEY NOW? What happened to Maricica Puica, winner of the Decker-Budd 1984 Olympic 3000m? NEWS 42 Brits looking good for Olympics 46 Athlete alters holiday plans to go to Rio 48 Andy Baddeley not yet set to quit PERFORMANCE 50 Sports science news 52 Athlete Insight – Rob Mullett 54 The psychological pressures for Rio athletes 56 Products – summer gear TALKING POINT 38 World Junior representative Emily Dudgeon on keeping a lid on the teen dropout rate 40 Mel Watman laments the IOC’s decision not to ban Russia from the Rio Games RESULTS & FIXTURES 58 Results round-up 76 England Champs & Inter-Counties preview 77 What’s On – fixtures guide REGULARS 74 QUIZ CORNER 82 DIP FINISH

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