Palameika started with a throw of 56.55 meters, while Mūze threw the javelin at a distance of 54.33 meters, which ensured a place in the top eight after the first series of throws. The best result was achieved by the Greek Elina Cengko, the leader of the season – 60.82 meters.
In the second series of throws, Palameika did not improve the result, but Mūze stepped up with 58.11 meters.
Cengko secured the lead with 65.81 meters, but Hungarian Reka Silagi (60.57 m) and Czech Barbora Shpotákova also overcame the 60-meter mark, while Lithuanian Liveta Jasjūnaite climbed to fourth place with 58.73 meters.
Palameikai’s third attempt was not successful, which prevented him from entering the top eight and continuing the competition, taking ninth place.
Mūze also did not improve the result (56.83 m), but with the seventh best result she entered the final.
Serbian Adriana Vilagoš, meanwhile, climbed to fourth place with 59.64 meters.
To qualify for the finals on Thursday, they had to meet the qualifying standard of 61 meters or finish in the top 12 javelin throwers. In the qualification, Palameika showed the fourth result with his longest throw of the season (60.56), and Mūze – the tenth (57.69).
The best result in the qualification was achieved by Liveta Jasjūnaite from Lithuania – 61.85 meters.
A throw of 57.40 meters was enough to reach the final, and Hungarian Rēka Silāgi qualified as the last one with the result for Saturday’s matches.
A month ago, Mūze won sixth place in the world championship with a throw of 61.26 meters and achieved the best result among European javelin throwers, while Palameika remained in 13th position with a throw of 58.61 meters, or the first behind the qualification barrier.
Muse’s best result of the season is the 62.88 meters achieved in Germany in the middle of May, which gives seventh place in this year’s list of the best javelin throwers in Europe, while Palameika is in 17th position with the result achieved on Thursday. In the middle of May, Anete Kociņa also achieved her best result of the season, who threw the javelin at a distance of 60.73 meters in the memorial competition of Inese Jaunzeme and Jānis Lūš in Jelgava, which gives her 16th place in Europe this season, but she is not competing in the continental championships.
Mūze is participating in her fifth European Championship, but the best result of the Smlitene woman was achieved in her first championship ten years ago, when she was tenth in the final with a throw of 55.60 meters.
This is Palaimeika’s sixth championship and she has always reached the finals in the previous five as well. In 2014, she won fourth place in Zurich with a throw of 62.04 meters.
Latvia is represented at the European Athletics Championships by Līna Mūze, Madara Palameika, Patriks Gailums, Rolands Štrobinders and Gatis Čakšs in the javelin throw, Gunta Vaičule in the 400-meter sprint, Rūta Kate Lasmane in the triple jump and Raivo Saulkēris in the 20-kilometer walk.
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