IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge
For the fourth time in the history of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, Polish duo Anita Wlodarczyk and Pawel Fajdek topped the end-of-season standings.
The scoring system takes each athlete’s three best marks from the series and equates metres to points. Prize money is awarded to the top 12 finishers at the end of the challenge. The athlete with the highest score wins US $30,000.
1 Pawel Fajdek (POL) 248.48
2 Wojciech Nowicki (POL) 236.32
3 Dilshod Nazarov (TJK) 231.40
4 Pavel Bareisha (BLR) 230.84
5 Nick Miller (GBR) 229.56
1 Anita Wlodarczyk (POL) 235.62
2 Wang Zheng (CHN) 225.77
3 Hanna Skydan (AZE) 221.75
4 Malwina Kopron (POL) 220.03
5 Sophie Hitchon (GBR) 219.97
For the third year in a row, Wlodarczyk went undefeated for the entire season. Six of her 12 victories this year came in Hammer Throw Challenge meetings and her three best winning marks – 79.72m in Ostrava, 78.00m in Sao Bernardo do Campo and 77.90m at the IAAF World Championships London 2017 – contributed to her overall score.
World silver medallist Wang Zheng placed second overall in the challenge standings with 225.77 and Azerbaijan’s Hanna Skydan was third with 221.75.
Three-time world champion Fajdek broke his own record score in the men’s Hammer Throw Challenge.
His 248.48 tally comprised marks of 83.44m in Ostrava, 82.64m in Szekesfehervar and 82.40m in Turku.
Fajdek’s compatriot Wojciech Nowicki finished second in the challenge standings. The world and Olympic bronze medallist scored 236.32 to finish comfortably ahead of Olympic champion Dilshod Nazarov.