City of Norwich Athletic Club’s hammer duo find it tough in Gothenburg

Two of City of Norwich Athletic Club's brightest young stars made the long trip to Gothenburg, where they represented England in the Kasta Loss Throws meeting.

Callum Brown and Michael Painter competed in the Under-20 hammer competition in conditions described by the team coach Malcolm Fenton as the worst imaginable for throwing – bitterly cold and gale force head winds.

Painter bore the brunt of the dreadful weather and was able to achieve only one valid throw with the 6kg hammer measured, for him, at a very disappointing 61.25m. Brown took advantage of a small break in the conditions to record an effort of 68.66m that placed him in a pleasing second.

On the second day of competition Painter turned the tables on his club-mate. Elevated to competing at senior level and using the 7.25kg hammer, a much-improved Painter threw 58.29m while Brown had to settle for a measured throw of 56.86m.

Despite the inclement weather both athletes gained a great deal from the experience of competing once again at top level and can look forward to more international call-ups during the course of the summer.

• While Mitch Goose was recording a personal best 800m time of 1:50.71 in New York, nearer to home Rick Ward stepped onto the track at a cold and windy Olympic Stadium on Sunday.

He was competing in a UK Athletics invitation 800m race in which he recorded a season's best 1-50.51 when placed third.

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