Perth javelin thrower Kim Mickle continued to boost her world championship medal aspirations with another second place finish, this time at the Istvan Gyulai Memorial meet in Budapest.
Mickle threw 61.31m, the same distance as Marharita Dorozhon, but the Ukraine claimed victory on a countback with a better second throw, 61.16 to 60.97. Another Australian, Kathryn Mitchell threw 59.98m to place third.
“Hungary was always going it be the tricky one being five to seven days off the plane. Out of the whole trip I knew this one would be tough.” said Mickle.
“I am feeling flat and dead but I am still really happy with that. Anything over the 61 mark is quite nice. To throw 61.31 and lose on a countback was a bit rough.”
Mickle’s performance comes less than a week after the 28 year-old threw a personal best of 64.35m to finish just 39cm behind Germany’s Oympic medallist Christina Obergföll at the Diamond League meeting in Paris. The West Australian has now placed in the top three of all four international competitions she has contested this year.
“My whole goal is consistency and it’s nice to know I can pull something out when I am feeling flat.” said Mickle.
“Now I have a week and a half to go back to Cologne, freshen up and get some training in ahead of Lucerne.”
Canberra hurdler Lauren Boden was sixth in the 400m hurdles in 56.14 seconds. American Dalilah Muhammad won the race in 54.94s with Ristannna Tracey (Jamaica) 54.94 and Yadisleidy Pedroso from Italy 55.32 filling the minor places. Boden, a six-time national champion ran a personal best 55.08 in Belgium on Saturday and will contest the event at the world championships in Moscow in August.
In other events Sydney jumper Brandon Starc who is also heading to Moscow cleared 2.24m to place equal sixth in the high jump which was won by Kostantinos Baniotis from Greece with 2.33m.
Hungary’s Kristian Pars delighted the homecrowd with a popular victory in the hammer. The 2012 Olympic champion threw 80.73m to win by nearly three meters from the 2008 champion Primoz Kozmus from Slovenia 77.98 while Lukas Melich from Czech Republic was third 77.72m.
Queen Harrison, one of Sally Pearson’s rivals for the world title, won the 100m hurdles in 12.71 seconds. Running with a slight tailwind (+0.2) the runner-up at last month’s US trials edged out fellow American Kellie Wells who ran 12.74. Harrison is better credentialled as a 400m hurdler but with a personal best of 12.43, the second fastest time in the world this year, she is a medal threat at the world championships in Moscow next month.