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Latest update: 08/06/2009 18:17 +0300

Iceland: First Gold In The Hammer Throw

NICOSIA, 2 June 2009 - Iceland’s Bergur Ingi Petursson smashed the Games of the Small States of Europe record in his first attempt of the Hammer Throw event on Tuesday.

The Icelander’s record throw, in the first contest of the Games’ track and field event, reached 70.60m beating the previous record currently held by his fellow countryman Gudmundur Karlsson in the Malta Games of 1993. Petursson’s gold was the first for his country in the current competition leaving Cypriots’ Petros Sofianos (64.38m) and Michalis Kolokotronis (56.76m) a distant second and third respectively.

“I threw what was needed to win”, said winner Petursson afterwards. “I am, however, disappointed because I had a long throw of 75m which I was informed was a failed attempt. I cannot understand why. I cannot explain it.”

The Icelandic team has appealed the ruling requesting that the decision be reexamined. The 24-year-old Hammer Throw athlete had this year scored a distance of 73m in Halle, Germany. His personal best is 74.48m, a distance he threw last year.

“I don’t know how far I will throw this year. It depends on various things. Now I will look towards some meetings in Europe and some small games in Iceland but my big target is the World Championships in Berlin this August”, said Petursson who will remain in Cyprus until Friday.

The Icelandic champion was quick to point out, however, that his stay wouldn’t be for leisure. “On the contrary, I will be training hard. It’s a good place for training but unfortunately, Cyprus is a little far from Iceland for me to visit regularly for training.”

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