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Russia's Lysenko wins women's hammer throw in Daegu worlds

(Xinhua)

10:05, September 05, 2011


Gold medalist Tatyana Lysenko of Russia competes in the women's hammer throw final at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea, on Sept. 4, 2011. Lysenko won the final with 77.13 metres. (Xinhua/Liao Yujie)

DAEGU, South Korea, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- Russia's former world record holder Tatyana Lysenko defeated the current holder Betty Heidler from Germany to claim her first world title here on Sunday with a 77.13-meter effort in the women's hammer throw final.

The 27-year-old opened the final by improving her seasonal best mark by three times out of three attempts to 77.13m, which brought her the first ever gold medal in a global major event. The mark is also the second longest in the world championships history, just behind Anita Wlodarczyk's winning mark of 77.96m in Berlin 2009.

"Until the last attempt, I was not sure I will get gold," said the Russian. "My throws were very solid and stable but hammer throw is the event in which you can never be sure about your victory until the last throw."

Lysenko made a below par start to the season but her form has taken an upward trajectory in recent weeks. The European silver medalist clinched the Russian title with 73.26m on July 24 before recording a then-season's best 75.70m at her final pre-Daegu competition in Moscow.

The 2006 Euro champion served two-year doping suspension to July 14, 2009 after failing an out-of-competition test on May 9, 2007. Her world record of 78.61m on May 26, 2007 and her European Cup win for that year were annulled.

Heidler, the 2007 world champion who smashed the world record with a stunning 79.42m in Halle in May 2011, got the silver with 76.06m from her penultimate throw.

"I do not know what was wrong with me today, why I did not get it today, why I did not get it together today. There was just no rhythm. It was not a good competition," said the 27-year-old. "I am not happy about this competition and my result. But at least I still got a silver medal because until the fifth attempt I was only third."

"Today's championship is a good motivation for me for 2012. Because I know that I am the best in the world this year and also the world record holder," she added.

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