Olympics: Russia’s Lysenko hurls hammer farthest to take gold

August 11th, 2012 - 7:02 am ICT by IANS  

London, Aug 11 (IANS/RIA Novosti) Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko added Olympic hammer gold to her world title Friday, nailing the Olympic record with a huge throw.

Lysenko threw the hammer 78 metres 28 cm, breaking Aksana Miankova’s record from the Beijing Olympics by almost two metres.

Second place went to Poland’s former world champion Anita Wlodarczyk, who also broke the old Olympic record with a 77.60 metre throw on her last attempt.

Zhang Wenxui won her second bronze in successive Olympics for China with 76.34 metres.

Germany’s Betty Heidler saw her world record of 79.42 metres left untouched, but threw well below her best and was forced to settle for eighth.

–IANS/RIA Novosti

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