September 26, 2020

Tavernier on song in Kladno

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Alexandra Tavernier at Rio2016 (Photo by citizen59)

World bronze medalist Alexandra Tavernier was on song at the Kladno Throws and Kladno Memorials World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting in the Czech Republic city of Kladno.

The former world junior champion broke the French national record in the women’s hammer throw with a dominating display.

The 26-year-olds fourth round 75.23m was well ahead of the the national record of 74.94m set in July. Tavernier followed up with 75.12m and 74.71m efforts in rounds five and six to piece together the finest series of her career. 

There was also a meet record in the women’s javelin throw with two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova setting a new meet record of 64.34m in the first round.

It was the 39-yearold Czech veteran’s her fourth victory in five competitions this season. Teammate Nikola Ogrodnikova was second with 62.22m after she edged Elina Tzengo of Greece by a lone centimetre.

Tavernier’s younger brother Hugo was third in the men’s competition with a 72.28m personal best. Christos Frantzeskakis of Greece won the men’s event with 75.92m ahead of Hungary’s 2012 Olympic champion Krisztian Pars who reached 73.28.

Gatis Cakss of Latvia won the men’s javelin with 82.19m, Colombia’s Mauricio Ortega the discus with 63.61m and Czech Tomas Stanek the shot put with 20.19.

Egyptian 100 and 200m record holder Bassant Hemida took the sprint double, winning the 100m in 11.23 and 200m in 22.91, the performance in the shorter dash clipping 0.08 from the 100m national standard she set in Rabat last year. Both were also meeting records. 

Isabelle Boffey of Great Britain won the 800m in 2:01.88, a personal best, with Finland’s Sara Kuivisto second in 2:02.28.

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