Hammer thrower Ethan Katzberg of Nanaimo, B.C., has followed his first Canadian title with a world title.
Katzberg won a gold medal in his World Athletics Championships debut with a throw of 81.25 metres on Sunday, raising his Canadian record to beat 2021 Olympic champion Wojciech Nowicki of Poland (81.02) in Budapest, Hungary.
Katzberg’s effort, on his fifth of six attempts, vaulted him into first place to stay ahead of Nowicki and Bence Halász of Hungary (80.82, season best).
“My coach Dylan Armstrong told me to go for [the win]. I had 80 metres [on my first throw] so he [said] ‘you gotta go for it, don’t hold back’ and I tried my best
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