CETNIEWO, Poland — European champion Michał Haratyk equaled the biggest heaved of his career so far to win the men’s Shot Put at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Throws Festival in Cetniewo, on Saturday (3).
Haratyk, the reigning European outdoor champion from last year and the 2019 European Indoor champion, threw 22.32 meters to match his own Polish national record and personal best, set in Warszawa, on July 28.
The 27-year-old opened the competition with a mark of 21.06m, which led threw the opening round before registering the winning effort in the second round of the competition.
After scratching in the third round, Haratyk returned with another big effort of 22.28m in the fourth round and then tossed the shot at 21.50m in the fifth round.
His winning mark came less than a week after throwing the same distance at the 2019 Stars at Warszawa Fountains meet.
Haratyk is the third-best thrower in the world this year, while his personal best is the seventh-best mark in the world overall for the season.
On Saturday, Chuk Enekwechi produced back-to-back identical marks of 21.26m in the third and fourth rounds on his way to taking second place behind Haratyk.
Third went to 2017 European Indoor champion Konrad Bukowiecki of Poland, who did 20.58m.
There were personal bests for Poland throwers Sebastian Łukszo (19.37) and Andrzej Naszko (19.31) in sixth and seventh, respectively.
Poland’s Piotr Małachowski, the 2015 world champion won, the men’s discus throw after tossing the device 65.35m in the second round of the competition.
Philip Milanov of Belgium did a season’s best of 64.55m for second place, while Martin Kupper of Estonia finished third with 62.58m.
Meanwhile, three-time defending world champion Paweł Fajdek of Poland won the men’s Hammer Throw with a seasonal best of 80.88m in the fifth round and then dropped 80.31m in the final round.
His fellow countryman Wojciech Nowicki, the world and Olympic bronze medalist, took second with 77.57m and third went to Hungarian Bence Pásztor (73.66m).
Elsewhere, Poland’s Marcin Krukowski took the men’s Javelin Throw with a mark of 83.68m, beating Belarus’ Aliaksei Katkavets, who set a personal best of 82.63m for second place.
On the women’s side, 2016 European champion Tatsiana Khaladovich of Belarus secured the top spot in the Javelin Throw after throwing 61.66m in the first round.
Paulina Guba of Poland came out on top in the women’s shot put with an effort of 18.05m, while former European bronze medalist Joanna Fiodorow won the women’s Hammer Throw with 70.83m and the discus throw went to Daria Zabawska (57.09m).