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Wlodarczyk is on top of the world
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.
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