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Wlodarczyk shatters world record for hammer gold

ATHLETICS-OLY-2016-RIO Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk competes in the Women's Hammer Throw Final during the athletics competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro on Monday | Reuters

Pole Anita Wlodarczyk underlined her absolute dominance of the women's hammer by throwing a world record 82.29 meters to win Olympic gold by more than five and a half meters on Monday.

The only woman to have thrown the hammer further than 80 meters, the 31-year-old world champion had already broken the Olympic record with a second throw of 80.40 when she entered the ring for the third time.

Wlodarczyk screamed in delight before the projectile even landed, knowing she had done enough to better the mark of 81.08 she set in Cetniewo in Poland earlier this month.

Zhang Wenxiu of China threw 76.75 to add a silver medal to the bronze she won in London four years ago. Sophie Hitchon was third with a British record 74.54 as she claimed a first ever medal for her country in the event.

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