Slovak athletes started seven times in the previous 18 years of the European Throwing Cup. The premiere was in the 2nd year of the event in Croatian Pula, but then they waited for the next participation, for various reasons, 11 years. After the new management of the Slovak Athletics Federation (SAF) started in the autumn of 2012, there was a re-evaluation of the participation of the Slovak throwers in the European Cup, and, thanks to the significant improvement of the financial situation of the SAF from 2013, they regularly start at this event.
Slovak Athletics won three medals in the European Cup until today – silver by the hammer thrower Marcel Lomnický in 2018, two bronzes were added in 2002 by the hammer thrower Miloslav Konopka and the javelin thrower Marian Bokor.
Konopka won bronze against strong opponents in Pula 2002 with the achievement of 78.58m, equalling the Slovak record. Only Russian Zagornyi and Greek Papadimitriou managed to throw further (82.27 Zagornyi – still a championships record, and 79.67 Papadimitriou). He also beat the silver Olympic medallist from Sydney 2000, Vizzoni from Italy. “Milo was still very nervous in the first two throws but then he started to fight, and in third, he equalled the national record. If he did not make a small mistake in the fifth and also in the sixth attempt, he could have thrown even more. But most of all, I am happy for a long list of high-quality world hammer throwers that he overcame,” said Konopka´s coach Karel Šula at the time.
The javelin thrower Bokor started in Pula after back health problems for the first time since Olympic Games in Sydney 2000. In the second attempt, he reached 76.91m, which was enough for bronze. “He did what he had to do, and that’s why I’m glad. We did not have a lot of opportunities to practice javelin technique in winter. The important thing is that Marián is already perfectly fit,” said Bokor´s coach Jozef Hanušovský from Dukla.
The third Slovak medal in the European Throwing Cups – the last one – was won in 2018 by the hammer thrower Marcel Lomnický. In Leiria, Portugal, he finished second in this event behind his new training partner Pawel Fajdek of Poland. Lomnický did not start the competition in Leira, in the best way. In the first half, he was only trying to find his shape (71.13 – 71.96 – 72.87), but then added more than three meters (75.97), and in the remaining two attempts, he attacked the 76 meters (75.76 and 75.73).
“It took me a while to find the technique in such cold and rainy weather. The first three attempts were very bad from my point of view, but then, paradoxically in the biggest rain, I did my best. I’m happy with the silver, this was primarily about the placement, not the performance,” said the hammer thrower of the sports army club Dukla Banská Bystrica.
For Lomnický, the silver from Leiria was the precious fifth medal from the top events. In 2006, he won a bronze medal at the World Junior Championships in Beijing, as well as one year later, at the 23rd European Athletics U23 Championship in Debrecen, and two silvers at the World Universiades in Shenzhen, China, and Kazan, Russia (2011, 2013).
SLOVAKIA AT THE EUROPEAN THROWING CUPS (2001 – 2018)
2002 PULA (5 PARTICIPANTS – INDIVIDUAL POSITION)
3. Miloslav Konopka, Hamer Throw Men (78.58 – equalled NR)
3. Marián Bokor, Javelin Throw Men (76.91)
4. Milan Haborák, Shot Put Men (19.66)
10. Martina Danišová (Hrašnová), Hammer Throw Women (60.87)
14. Pavel Pankuch, Shot Put Men (18.61)
2013 CASTELLÓN (3 PARTICIPANTS – INDIVIDUAL POSITION)
12. Patrik Žeňúch, Javelin Throw Men (70.55)
13. Veronika Ľašová, Javelin Throw Women U23 (45.15)
20. Nikola Lomnická, Hammer Throw Women (60.25)
2014 LEIRIA (4 PARTICIPANTS – INDIVIDUAL POSITION)
12. Martina Hrašnová, Hammer Throw Women (65.79)
12. Veronika Kaňuchová, Hammer Throw Women U23 (58.57)
14. Patrik Žeňúch, Javelin Throw Men (72.13)
23. Matúš Olej, Shot Put men (17.52)
2015 LEIRIA (5 PARTICIPANTS – INDIVIDUAL POSITION)
6. Martina Hrašnová, Hammer Throw Women (69.25)
6. Patrik Žeňúch, Javelin Throw Men (77.27)
11. Veronika Kaňuchová, Hammer Throw Women U23 (62.47)
2016 ARAD (4 PARTICIPANTS – INDIVIDUAL POSITION)
10. Karol Končoš, Hammer Throw Men U23 (63.42)
11. Júlia Kočárová, Discus Throw Women U23 (44.74)
12. Matúš Olej, Shot Put Men (16.78)
14. Miroslava Vargová Javelin Throw Women U23 (44.58)
2017 LAS PALMAS (4 PARTICIPANTS – INDIVIDUAL POSITION)
7. Patrik Žeňúch, Javelin Throw Men (74.30)
9. Patrícia Slošárová, Shot Put Women U23 (14.59)
12. Maximilián Slezák, Javelin Throw Men U23 (66.72)
15. Matúš Olej, Shot Put Men (18.20)
2018 LEIRIA (6 PARTICIPANTS – INDIVIDUAL POSITION)
2. Marcel Lomnický, Hammer Throw Men (75.97)
8. Maximilián Slezák, Javelin Throw Men U23 (68.91)
10. Patrícia Slošárová, Shot Put Women U23 (14.21)
13.Adrián Baran, Shot Put Men U23 (16.42)
14. Patrik Žeňúch, Javelin Throw Men (72.01)
16. Nikolas Broš, Discus Throw Men U23 (50.50)