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Athletics - 18. March 2013.

Marghieva stuns Lysenko; Muller continues her domination at European Cup Winter Throwing

Glory for Russia's women in the European Cup Winter Throwing in Spain on a day when the Olympic and world hammer champion is beaten.


Senior: Hammer - Women

Fifth at the European Athletics Championships in Barcelona in 2010 and eighth at the World Championships in Daegu 12 months after that established the international pedigree of Moldova's Zalina Marghieva.

Today in Castellon she underlined her ability by winning gold by the smallest of margins with a stunning defeat of the Olympic and world champion, Russian Tatyana Lysenko.

It is early days in the season, there are many more competitions to go, but it can be all about the confidence gained and the momentum gathered.

Lysenko was the star performer in the event, one of the biggest names in Castellon this whole weekend.

She won in London last summer with 78.18m and Daegu the year earlier with 77.13m, but she could not prise the title away from Marghieva.

It was an event where the Moldovan had to wait a long time to be confirmed as champion.

Her first round throw of 71.98m, competing 12th out of the 14 field, put her in front and it was that distance which stood at the top of order for the whole competition.

Lysenko was close, particularly in the second round with her best of the day of 71.54m which brought her second place, but she could not find the type of distances which has taken her to the top of the podium in the past two years.

Germany's Kathrin Klaas was third with 71.07m and Tracey Anderson produced a Swedish national record for fourth in 70.82m.

Muller Nadine Bar2012
Germany's Nadine Muller won her third European Cup Winter
Throwing title with a world season leading throw of 66.69m.
Senior: Discus - Women
Nadine Muller was last to go of the 14 athletes in the field, but when her time came, the event was over.

Her first effort flew to a superb 66.69m, the best in the world this year, and an hour of so later meant she had won this European Cup Winter Throwing title for a third time.

Muller can now out Castellon alongside Yalta in 2007 (60.35m) and Arles in 2010 (64.30m) as the venues where this German star has achieved success in this event.

In the past two summers, Muller, 27, has won silver medals at the World Championships in Daegu and European Athletics Championships in Helsinki and she was the clear winner here.

Meline Robert-Michon, of France, was over five metres back in second with 61.26m and Serbian Dragana Tomasevic was third with 61.12m.

But Muller would have won with any of her throws, with her first round distance being followed by 62.39m, 63.97m, 61.8m, 64.62m and 63.99m.
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