Canada's Ethan Katzberg Secures Hammer Throw Gold with Personal Best at Pan American Games
Canada's Ethan Katzberg Secures Hammer Throw Gold with Personal Best at Pan Am Games

NAIROBI (KEN, Apr 20) – Canadian world hammer champion Ethan Katzberg threw an 84.38m world lead at the Kip Keino Classic (WACT Gold), marking the longest throw since 2008, ranking him ninth all-time, and achieving the best throw outside the former USSR/Belarus. It’s also a U23 all-time best.

Ukraine’s Mykhaylo Kokhan secured second place with 80.76m, and Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki was third with 79.14m. ALSO READ: Mondo Vaults to New Heights with World Record in Xiamen Diamond League

Lindsey and Katzberg Set World Leads in Electrifying Kip Keino Classic

Courtney Lindsey of the USA clocked a world-leading 19.71 seconds (-1.5) in the 200m, edging Botswana’s Letsile Tebogo, who also recorded 19.71, despite a strong headwind. Botswana’s Bayapo Ndori achieved a personal best of 44.10 seconds in the 400m, setting the world lead ahead of Bryce Deadmon of the USA (44.41), and fellow countryman Leungo Scotch (44.54), all meeting the Paris standard.

World leads were also set in the men’s 1500m by Reynold Cheruiyot (3:31.96), with Brian Komen (3:32.29 PB) and Daniel Munguti (3:33.71 PB) close behind. In the 800m, Emmanuel Wanyonyi took the lead with 1:43.57, surpassing Aaron Kemei who finished in 1:44.10.

In the women’s events, Mary Moraa led with 1:57.96 in the 800m, followed by Nelly Chepchirchir (1:58.26) and Vivian Chebet (1:58.93). The men’s 100m saw Kenneth Bednarek of the USA claim victory with a wind-assisted 9.91 seconds (2.2) over Liberia’s Emmanuel Matadi (9.99w) and others.

Home victories included Wiseman Mukhobe in the 400m hurdles with a Paris standard time of 48.57 seconds, Abraham Kibiwot in the 3000m steeplechase with 8:20.54, and Mary Ekiru in the 1500m with 4:06.26. Bahrain’s Kemi Adekoya won the women’s 400m in a personal best of 51.63 seconds, outpacing Mercy Chebet (51.71 PB).

European athletes also claimed wins, with Amalie Iuel of Norway (54.89) and Paulien Couckuyt of Belgium (55.23) in the 400m hurdles, Latvia’s Gatis Cakss (81.74) in the javelin over Thomas Röhler of Germany (80.62), and Michaela Hrubá of the Czech Republic (1.90m) in the high jump.

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