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Up and coming star: Poland’s Piotr Malachowski

Poland's Piotr Malachowski

Still a relative newcomer to the top of the track and field in Poland, Piotr Malachowski performed for the first time at international level in March 2006, at the European Winter Throwing Cup in Tel Aviv. There he won with an impressive 65.01. His win that summer at the European Cup, in Malaga, was an important stage on the road to victories to follow.

Malachowski made a good debut in the European Championships, in Göteborg, placing sixth (64.57). Hopes that he would be highly placed at the 2007 World Championships, in Osaka, came to nothing as the conditions were too hot for him. He felt bad and performed poorly, placing 12th with his worst result of the season (60.77).

Malachowski throws his two kilo discus up to 68 to 69 meters during training sessions, but in competition his throws still remained three meters shorter.

His breakthrough came during the Janusz Sidlo Memorial Meet in Sopot, Poland when he broke the national record with a toss of 68.69 meters which occurred two weeks before the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.

Like all great track and field athletes Malachowski realized that his biggest obstacle is in his mind. 

The current world record in the discus was set in 1986 by Jurgen Shultz when he threw 74.08 meters or 243 feet.  Malachowski best throw of his career came in Berlin last year when he reached 69.15 meters. 

Results from Janusz Kusocinski Memorial, 8/6/10.
Men´s Discus:
1. Piotr Malachowski POL 67,10m
2. Robert Fazekas HUN 65,22m
3. Benn Harradine AUS 62,91m
4. Roland Varga CRO 61,97m
5. Przemyslaw Czajkowski POL 61,03m
6. Konrad Szuster POL 60,66m
7. Robert Urbanek POL 58,31m

August 10, 2010 Posted by | World Track & Field | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment