Pitkamaki claims javelin gold in Shanghai

14:08, May 16, 2011      

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Tero Pitkamaki of Finland took the javelin throw gold in the Shanghai Golden Grand Prix, the second of 14 meetings of the 2011 IAAF Diamond League on Sunday.

"It is still too early season, and I need to improve my consistency. I hope to win the gold medal in the world championships this year," said Pitkamaki, who won the gold medal with a 85.33m throw to beat his Norwegian rival Andreas Thorkildsen.

Thorkildsen injured his ankle in the fifth throw and had to give up the last attempt and settled with the silver with a 85.12m personal season best.

Robert Oosthuizen of South Africa, whose best throw is 83.73m, grabbed the bronze.

Source: Xinhua
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