Olympic champions Thiago Braz and Dilshod Nazarov top the bill of the 33rd Grande Prêmio Brasil Caixa, the only Latin American stop of the IAAF World Challenge and IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, on Sunday (8) in Bragança Paulista, in the region of Campinas, Sao Paulo, Brazil.
The appearance of Olympic hammer champion Dilshod Nazarov was one of the highlights of the Asian Championships, and the towering thrower didn't disappoint the crowd gathered at Kalinga Stadium on the third day of the championships in Bhubaneswar, India, on Saturday (8).
It might not go down as a classic contest, but after pre-competition favourite Pawel Fajdek crashed out in qualifying, Tajikistan’s Dilshod Nazarov took his chance with aplomb.
Pawel Fajdek, one of the warmest favourites at the IAAF World Championships Beijing 2015, lived up to his billing to claim a commanding victory with a best of 80.88m and become the third man in history to retain this title.
Tajikistan's Dilshod Nazarov, currently number two on the 2015 world lists, had his second-best competition of the season when he threw 78.29m to claim the victory at the Znamensky Memorial, part of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, in Zhukovsky on Saturday (18).
As has become traditional, the men's and women's hammer events will be held the day before the main meeting at Ostrava Golden Spike meeting, which is part of the IAAF World Challenge and IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, on 25 May.
United Arab Emirates distance runner Alia Saeed Mohammed took more than 40 seconds off her own 10,000m national record, clocking 31:51.86, to become the first athletics gold medallist at the 2014 Asian Games in the South Korean city of Inchon on Saturday (27).
On a dusty track occupied by armed soldiers and military hardware in the Tajik capital of Dushanbe just a matter of weeks after civil war broke out, Dilshod Nazarov weaved in and out of armoured tanks and personnel carriers.