Celebrations all round as the second day of the Athletics World Championships produced a silver medal for Polish coach and athlete duo Malwina Sobierajska-Wojtulewicz and Joanna Fiodorow.
The Hammer competition was fierce, as the Gold Medal winner DeAnna Price of the USA brought her A-Game, throwing 77.54 meters, within Joanna throwing a PB of 76.35.
Emotional scenes followed as both DeAnna and Joanna broke down in tears, hugging in celebration of their achievements. Joanna then made way to her coach, who was in the stands
In an interview with IAAF in the mixed zone, Joanna said:
“This was the best timing to improve my personal best. I managed to improve, got silver, my first world medal, I cannot ask for more. I was trying to beat DeAnna until the very end but I knew she had better personal best and that she was very strong. So it is time to celebrate. Now I will get the bus to the hotel, will eat something, see my coach and we will see. My coach is my best friend. She is just 4-5 years older than me and we started to practice together in the past.”
Else where in the stadium, 400m hurdler Chris McAlister, coached by U.K Coach Marina Armstrong came away with another PB, but just failed to get through to the final.
Congratulations to both coaches who have achieved incredible ‘firsts’ at their first World Championships.