Aaron Neighbour and Lukasz Wenta Tie

The Markinch Highland Games produced a spate of ground records but 2009 IHGF world champion Aaron Neighbour and Lukasz Wenta ended in a tie.

2013 Markinch Highland Games:  New Grounds Records Galore
by Francis Brebner, IHGF
It was a smashing day for records at the Markinch Highland Games in Scotland, which attracted more than five thousands spectators.  Five athletes made up the field: Scotland’s Craig Sinclair, Dale Walker, and Greg Walker; Poland’s Lukasz Wenta; and Australia’s Aaron Neighbour, the 2009 IHGF world champion.
For the past ten years there has been no light hammer thrown at the Markinch Games but this year it re-introduced the light hammer into the roster of events.  A new hammer cage was built last winter by Charlie Murray, SHGA Vice-President, to ensure crowd safety at all SHGA Games following several near misses with the hammers in recent years at some SHGA games.
With a day of perfect weather, the opening event of the competition got underway with the 16-lb. hammer.  Sinclair reigned supreme, with a winning with a throw of 136’ 2” for a new ground record, smashing the previous record of 134’ 0” set in 2001 by Scotland’s Bruce Aitkin.  In second place was Neighbour with 129’ 5” and in third Wenta with 123’ 0”.  Young Greg Walker was fourth with 122’ 11”; at only 20 years old, 170 lb. and 5’ 10”, he shows great promise for the future.
Sinclair kept up a high standard in the 22-lb. hammer, once again setting a new ground record of 117’ 5” and breaking the old record of 116’ 1” set in 2007 by Aitkin.  Second place was a close tussle between Wenta and Neighbour, with Wenta coming out on top at 106’ 11” to Neighbour’s 106’ 9”.
In the 28-lb. weight for distance, the top three were just inches apart:  Neighbour took the win with a throw of 86’ 3”; second place was Wenta at 84’ 6”and third place Sinclair at 84’ 3”.
The 16-lb. shot was a thrilling event for the crowds as Wenta, in his specialty event, obliterated the 2011 ground record of 56’ 9” held by Scotland’s Gregor Edmunds with a whooping put of 60’ 6” for a new ground record.  Neighbour followed at 49’ 0” and Sinclair took third at 48’ 7”.
In the 22-lb. shot, Wenta amazed the crowds once again with a ripping put of 49’ 2” for another new ground record, toppling the old record of 47’ 11” set in 2011 by Edmunds.  Again in second was Neighbour at 44’ 1”and in third Sinclair at 42’ 10”.
The caber was won by Neighbour with a perfect 12 o’clock toss, with Wenta in second with 12:05 and Sinclair in third with 12:08.
The final event with the 56-lb. weight over the bar ended in a tie between Neighbour, Wenta, and Sinclair at a height of 14’ 6”.
Overall standings:

1.  Aaron Neighbour and Lukasz Wenta (tie)
3.  Craig Sinclair
4.  Greg Walker

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