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Athletics - 27. August 2015.

Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk takes the hammer Gold in Beijing

Never mind that there were 50,000 people in the Bird’s Nest Stadium in Beijing, the yell from Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk could be heard above them all.

And her screams just grew louder as her hammer flew high into the night sky at these IAAF World Championships before landing at an amazing 80.85m.

A few weeks ago she had broken the world record with 81.08m, the first athlete to smash 80m, and now she achieved it twice in the space of a few minutes on her way to regaining a title she won in 2009.

It was her second championship record of the competition, having thrown 80.27m in round three before this even longer distance with her next effort, and she knew from the moment it left her hands that it was something special.

The turn and execution looked flawless and as the hammer dropped, the stadium gasped as she won gold in sensational fashion.

The double European champion had a brilliant series - 74.40m, 78.52m, 80.27m, 80.85m and 79.31m before a final round foul - as China had something to celebrate too with Wenxiu Zhang second (76.33m).

There was more glory for Europe as France’s Alexandra Tavernier took bronze (74.02m) from her first throw and Britain’s Sophie Hitchon had quite a night aswell as she twice broke her national record with throws of 73.65m and 73.86m to finish fourth.

But with her 17th successive victory, the evening belonged to Wlodarczyk - infact the summer has been one she will never forget.



During day six of the 15th IAAF World Athletics Championships Beijing 2015 at Beijing National Stadium on August 27, 2015 in Beijing, China.
photo Getty Images




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