Polish brothers Sebastian and Lukasz Wenta along with compatriot Dominic Zielinski hit the ground running as they made their 2012 debut on the SHGA circuit.
They treated the crowds at the Strathmore Highland Games with some pretty impressive throwing with Sebastian setting three new ground records.
He set new figures in both the shot putt events, 16lb [57. 9''] and 22lb [49' 8''] as well as the 56lb for distance [41' 4''].
Sebastien also won the Caber, 28lb for distance [81. 6''] and shared the 56lb for height [16' 00''] with his brother Lukasz. The latter was the victor in the 16lb Hammer [124' 9''.
The only discipline the Poles failed to win was the 22lb Hammer which Craig Sinclair,Drumoak took with a throw of 107' 4''.
In the athletic events it was a good day for the Jim Beattie trained runners who landed a treble.
Jack Beattie,Rosyth got the ball rolling with victory in the 90 metres Handicap, edging out Willie Bates,Tullibody and the previous weeks Markinch sprint winner Billy Martin,Glenrothes in 9.75 seconds.
Ross Kirk,Kellty took the 200 metres in 20.50 with Billy Martin claiming the 400 metres in 50.65.
A field of 10 runners lined up for the 800 metres Handicap and it saw John Lowis from Kirkcaldy hold off the challenge of brothers Craig and Scott Robertson to to win in 1m 59.12s.
John Bates[jnr] from Melrose has made a return to the Games circuit this season, and made his trip up from the Borders a profitable one with wins in both the 1600m and 3200m Handicaps.
The Youth's 90 metres Handicap was won in fine style by last years SHGA youth athlete of the year Dylan Lindsay, Glenrothes, who won his heat in 10.66 before going on to improve his time to 10.63 in the final,
The Youth's 1600 metres title went to Jamie Allan from Monifieth, who held on from backmarker Connor Morris,Pitreavie AC and Eric Mitusch,Tullibody in 4.31.00.
In the cycling events, Kirkcaldy's Paul Gallacher had his best ever day on the Games circuit winning 4 of the 5 races. After coming off his bike on the greasy surface in the opening 1600 metres Handicap which was won by James Melville, Dumbarton he went on to win the Scottish 800 metres Championship, as well as the 3200m, 4800m and 8000m handicaps.
Published: 2012-06-11 16:18:54