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Masterclass by hammer legend

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Andy Frost
Andy Frost

UK Athletics invites all throws coaches to a Masterclass with hammer world record holder Yuriy Sedykh (Russia) at the West Midlands Performance Centre, Alexander Stadium, Birmingham, on Saturday 9 December (6.30pm to 8.30pm).


As the cost of the Masterclass will be covered by the UKA Event Management Group, coaches can attend free of charge. Places are limited so, to secure their places, coaches need to contact UKA Senior Coordinator for Field and Combined Events Michelle Dunkley by emailing mdunkley@ukathletics.org.uk


During his visit, Sedykh – whose hammer world record has stood at 86.74m since 1986 – will be holding technical sessions with the UK’s top hammer throwers as well as being available to discuss his beliefs and ideas of the event.


Athletes invited to attend the squad with their coaches and having sessions with Sedykh will be: Andy Frost (Woodford Green with Essex Ladies), the current UK No.1 with a best of 72.62m; Alex Smith (Sale Harriers Manchester), the current UK No.1 Under 20 with a best of 64.89m; Amir Williamson (Blackheath and Bromley), the current UK No.2 Under 20 with a best of 60.86; Carys Parry (Rhondda), the former Welsh record holder with a best of 62.60m; Welsh Champion Zoe Derham (Birchfield Harriers), who has a best of 65.85m; and Victoria Thomas (Blackheath and Bromley), the current UK No.2 Under 20 with a best of 56.78m.


Sedykh has previously worked some of the world’s leading athletes including Tibor Gecsek (Hungary), whose best is 83.68m; Olli-Pekka Karjalainen, the Finnish national record holder at 83.30m; and Erin Gilreath, the USA women’s national record holder at 73.87m.


He has also recently visited the Scottish Borders to work with many eager and talented youngsters, and is obviously a Pied Piper: the area reports an encouraging increase of numbers in the event.