RunBlogRun loves all athletic events. We will not miss a good shot put. We love the emotion, the focus, the camraderie and the idea of the athletic giants who throw steel balls 20 plus meters. I have watched Konrad Bukowiecki several times, and can only imagine how excited he was in Lodz, with a plethora of Polish athletics fans. And how can you now like the hair cut?
LODZ (POL, Feb 11): Three days after finishing eighth in Torun, Konrad Bukowiecki won the shot put at the Orlen Cup in Lodz (EA Indoor Premium) with 21.54m ahead of teammate Michal Haratyk (20.95m) and Nigeria’s Chuk Enekwechi (20.87m) with Germany’s David Storl opening his season with a fifth-place finish in fifth with 20.03m. Sam Kendricks won the pole vault with 5.80m before retiring at 5.88m from Poland’s former world champion Pawel Wojciechowski (5.60m) and Kamila Licwinko won the high jump with 1.93m. The track action concluded with a Polish one-two in the 60m hurdles with Klaudia Siciarz winning from 18-year-old Pia Skrzyszowska, 8.04 to 8.05, and Hungary’s Valdo Szucs improved his PB to 7.57 in the men’s 60m hurdles to edge out home favourite Damian Czykier by 0.01. Ukraine’s Viktoriya Ratnikova won the 60m in 7.32 and former world and European indoor champion Richard Kilty won the men’s 60m in 6.66, the same time as Mike Rodgers from the United States.