Wlodarczyk is on top of the world

Wlodarczyk is on top of the world
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Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk has broken the hammer world record with a new mark of 81.08m.

Anita Wlodarczyk completed an incredible period of her career in Berlin on Sunday when she broke the hammer world record.

The Polish star, who was crowned European champion in Zurich just over two weeks ago, delivered her golden moment in round two of the competition at the ISTAF meeting in the Olympic Stadium with a throw of 79.58m.

It broke the mark of 79.42m which Betty Heidler had set in 2011 and the German was there to witness her record disappear – because she was competing in the same event.

Wlodarczyk, 29, who won the world title in this same venue in 2009, was ecstatic with her achievement.
“A standing ovation, that’s amazing,” said Wlodarczyk, speaking to Reuters. “This stadium brings me luck. I had a really good feeling that I could break the record.”

When she left the European Athletics Championships in Zurich, Wlodarczyk had a gold medal around her neck after the best hammer throw in the history of the event as she won with 78.76m.

One target remained – the world record. And now it is hers after a series of throws that included a 78.64m 79.04m and 78.64m.

Heidler’s best also came in the second round as 75.20m brought her second on Sunday with fellow German Kathrin Klaas third with 73.42m from round five.

There was home success for European shot put champions David Storl, who won the men’s event with 21.41m, and Christina Schwanitz, who took the women’s with 19.53m, while teammate Robert Harting, another Zurich gold medallist, triumphed in the discus with 68.21m.

A day earlier the 4th exhibition meet Berlin Fliegt was staged at the Brandenburg Gate which saw Germany win with 34 points, beating the USA by one, Russia took third with 24.5 and defending champions France – who had their strongest athletes at the Decanation – fourth with 14.5.

German long jumper Malaika Mihambo was one of the stars of the show by winning all four rounds of the event with 6.66m, 6.72m, 6.31m and 6.37m.

At the Decanation match in Angers, France, the host nation came close to ending America’s reign.

In the end, the USA won by just two points, 114-112, from France, and Russia third with 108.

There were some good individual victories for France with European champion Eloyse Lesueur taking the long jump in 6.79m ahead of Romania’s Alina Rotaru, with 6.47m, and Diamond Race winner Tianna Bartoletta, of the USA, who was third with 6.35m.

Her French teammate Myriam Soumare won the 100m in 11.09, Renaud Lavillenie cleared 5.90m to win the pole vault while Pascal Martinot-Lagarde ran 13.08 to beat Russia’s European champion Sergey Shubenkov who ran 13.39.
There was victory for Russia’s Yevgeniya Kolodko in the shot put with a season’s best of 19.52m as she beat Michelle Carter, of the USA, with 19.24m.

Fresh from her Diamond Race triumph, Mariya Kuchina won again with a high jump of 1.92m.

In Dubnica, the 12th Athletics Bridge saw Petr Frydrych, of the Czech Republic, win the javelin with 81.24m as he beat training partner Jakub Vadlejch with 79.10m and Slovakia’s Patrik Zenuch, who was third with 78.18m.

A day after winning the 10,000m at the Hungarian Super League in Debrecen, Viktoria Madarasz produced a meeting record and national best 12:34.20 in the 3000m track walk as Anton Kucmin won the men’s event  in 11:11.14 while European champion Krisztian Pars won the hammer with 80.61m.

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