Two-time European vice-champion in hammer throw Martina Hrašnová made her successful debut at the top forum among weightlifters.
At the European Championships in Moscow, she took sixth place in the category over 87 kg, when she gained 219 kg over her head in doubles.
The 36-year-old member of Banská Bystrica’s Dukla finished fourth in the market and sixth in the match. Hrašnová was the only Slovak representative in the elite A-category at the European Championships 2021 in Moscow. Other Slovak representatives presented themselves in the B-category of the European Championships.
The output of 103 kg on the market is her new personal record and 116 kg in the match is again a balanced personal maximum.
The British Emily Campbell became the European champion with an output of 276 kg in doubles against Anastasia Lysenková from Ukraine (252 kg) and the Turkish Melika Gunalová (243 kg). In the duel, Hrašnová was only two kilograms from the fourth place. The SAZ atletika.sk website also pointed this out.
Martina Hrašnová is a long-time great hammer and holder of the Slovak record with a performance of 76.90 m.
She won a bronze medal at the 2009 World Athletics Championships in Berlin with a performance of 74.79 m and was silver at the European Championships in Helsinki 2012 and Zurich 2014. She is currently presenting herself for the first time at a top weightlifting event and almost attacked the medals.
“We don’t even remember when we reached a similar position in the senior race. Martina fought well.
She trained 15 years younger opponents and was prepared for a better position by an extremely strict verdict of the judges in the last attempt at 120 kg. Hats off! Apart from her, coach Rudo Lukáč also deserves recognition, “they wrote on the Facebook profile of Slovak Weightlifting.
She shared her impressions in an interview for the website of the Slovak Athletic Association (SAZ) www.atletika.sk:
“Several times during the hammer training, I said to myself that it would be quite interesting to try what I could do at the weightlifting championship. Originally, we had it with coach Rud Lukáč, who is a weightlifting specialist, in the plan after the Tokyo Olympics.
As a result of the pandemic, it was postponed by a year, I did not want to postpone it until later, so we included the start of the European Championships in my plans now. When I saw the start, I hoped to fight for fourth – fifth place.
I finished sixth, which I’m a little sorry for, because I really had the fourth place within reach. Given that it was my premiere at the European Championships in a sport other than athletics, the sixth place is ultimately – in my opinion – great. I really wanted to fight for the fifth place, but in the end I lacked only a kilo and for the fourth two. That will freeze enough. “
ME v Moskve
Women’s Over 87kg Doubles: 1. Emily Campbell (Great) 276 kg, 2. Anastasia Lysenkova (UKR) 252, 3. Melike Gunna (TUR) 243, 4. Arpine Dalaljanova (ARM) 221, 5. Tugce Boynuegri (TUR) 220, 6. Martina HRAŠNOVÁ (SR) 219
market: 1. Campbellová 122, 2. Lysenková 116, 3. Gunalová 108, 4. HRAŠNOVÁ 103
nadhod: 1. Campbellová 154, 2. Lysenková 136, 3. Gunalová 135,… 6. HRAŠNOVÁ 116
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