Molitor has a night to remember

Molitor has a night to remember
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Germany's Katharina Molitor launched to 66.40m a Luzern Spitzenleichtathletik meeting record taking her to the top of the European Athletics rankings as well as being the fourth best in the world this year.

Katharina Molitor gathered in all the accolades with a brilliant javelin display at the Spitzenleichtathletik in Luzern on Sunday 12 July.

The German thrower produced the performance of her life to win at this European Athletics Outdoor Classic meeting as she broke her near-four year old personal best - and then for good measure did it again.

Molitor, who was sixth in the Olympic Games in London in 2012, entered this event on Tuesday night with her personal best of 64.67m from 24 2011.

But in the first round she launched the javelin 65.40m and then, with her final effort, stretched that mark to 66.40m.

Not only was it her greatest throw, it was a meeting record and took her to the top of the European Athletics' rankings as well as being the fourth best in the world this year.

And as she achieved this fine win, it was quite a cast behind her in two of her teammates, with 2010 European champion Linda Stahl second with 64.65m and world champion Christina Obergfoll third with 59.51m.

A big crowd on a lovely summer's evening were treated to a fine meeting and a brilliant victory for Switzerland's Selina Buchel who won the 800m in 1:59.21 as she beat a top field. American Chanelle Price was second (1:59.24), Canadian Melissa Bishop was third (1:59.52) and Great Britain's Lynsey Sharp, the 2012 European champion and 2014 runner-up, fourth in a season's best (1:59.72).

The 100m B race saw Turkey's Jak Ali Harvey win in 10.15 and beat Jamaica's returning 2011 world champion Yohan Blake who was second in 10.20, while from the outside lane, Denisa Rosolova, of the Czech Republic, dominated the 400m hurdles to win in 55.52 from Switzerland's Lea Sprunger in 56.16.

It was a good night for Germany in the discus, Martin Wiering beat his fellow countryman Christoph Harting, 63.85m to 63.13m.