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#RioGoldRush: Thrower Wlodarczyk hammers field in world record fashion

Published:Monday | August 15, 2016 | 8:54 AM
Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk celebrates after winning the gold medal and setting a new world record in the women's hammer throw final.

Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter

Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk in a dominant performance claimed the third world record to fall at the 2016 Rio Olympics, as she captured gold in the women’s hammer throw event.

Wlodarczyk, the only woman to throw over 80m, did so on three occasions with her furthest attempt landing at 82.29m to better her own previous world record of 81.08m which she had set last year.

The silver medal was captured by China’s Wenxiu Zhang with a season best of 76.75m.

Sophie Hitchon won Great Britain's first medal in the event, claiming bronze and establishing a new national record of 74.54m in the process.

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IN PHOTO: Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk (right) celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's hammer throw during the medal ceremony at the athletics competitions of the 2016 Summer Olympics at the Olympic stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.