Poland’s Konrad Bukowiecki got his 2016 campaign off to the best possible start, setting a world junior indoor record* of 22.48m with the 6kg shot in Torun on Friday (8).
The world junior champion opened his series with two no-throws, but then sent his implement flying out to 22.48m. He ended his series with three more throws beyond the 22-metre line: 22.12m, 22.13m and 22.16m.
His mark adds 13 centimetres to the previous world junior indoor record, set in 2009 by two-time world champion David Storl. Bukowiecki threw farther than Storl’s mark last year with 22.38m, but it was never ratified as a world junior indoor record due to lack of an anti-doping test.
Bukowiecki’s performance today is just 14 centimetres shy of his outdoor PB, set when winning the European junior title last summer.
Later this year, Bukowiecki will aim to defend his title on home soil at the IAAF World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz 2016.
Jon Mulkeen for the IAAF
*Subject to the usual ratification procedures