Mykolas Alekna broke the WR in the discus on April 14, 2024, with his sixth throw of 74.35m, breaking Jurgen Schult’s 37-year-old world record. Mykolas made history in Ramona, Oklahoma, on Sunday, with his series of six throws over 70 meters. 
Discus WR by Mykolas Alekna

RAMONA (USA, Apr 14): 21-year-old Mykolas Alekna of Lithuania broke the oldest men’s world record in the discus throw on the second day of the Oklahoma Throws Series World Invitational (WACT Bronze). The reigning European champion and two-time World medallist threw 74.35m in the fifth series and added 27cm to the previous world best of 74.08 achieved by Jürgen Schult of the German Democratic Republic in 1986. Before throwing the record, the son of two-time Olympic champion Virgilijus Alekna improved his previous best twice in the first and third series, thus showing six successful 70m+ attempts. Alekna’s series was (72.21 – 70.32 – 72.89 – 70.51 – 74.41 – 70.50).

Not only did Mykolas Alekna set the WR, but he finally bettered the family record held by his dad Virgilijus Alekna of 73.88m, now #3 All-time. pic.twitter.com/Lk7JGhldOU

— Beau Throws (@beau_throws) April 14, 2024

Other throwers also took advantage of the superb wind conditions at the Millican Field, achieving some personal bests. Jamaica’s Roje Stona finished second, improved to 69.05, and got Paris standard, over Germany’s World U20 silver medallist Mike Sosna, who also went over Paris standard and added more than 3m to his previous best to 68.96. The title defender, Alex Rose of Samoa, finished fourth (68.20) ahead of Connor Bell, who improved the NR for New Zealand to 68.10 (also Paris standard), and Andrew Evans (67.50). Seventh, Dallin Shurts also improved significantly to 66.58, and an unbelievable depth of the competition is proved by the fact that 20 of 25 competing throwers surpassed the 60m barrier. Daniel Haugh produced 79.03 in the hammer throw, the second-best mark of the season behind Aliaksandr Shymanovich of Belarus, winning over Netherlands’s Denzel Comenentia (77.73).

WORLD RECORD

The oldest men’s world record in athletics has been broken

Mykolas Alekna has just thrown an astonishing 74.41m in the men’s discus

He takes down Jürgen Schult’s mark of 74.08m from 1986 pic.twitter.com/3CejuqudpF

— AW (@AthleticsWeekly) April 14, 2024

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