Poland’s Wlodarczyk wins third straight hammer gold

Wlodarczyk is now the first woman to win an individual Olympic athletics event three times in a row. (AP pic)

TOKYO: Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk won a third straight Olympic gold today, dominating the women’s hammer throw final and further cementing her status as the greatest of all time in the event.

The world record holder chucked her first attempt into the net but recovered for her best performance of the season, launching the hammer 78.48m in the fourth round to become the first woman to win an individual Olympic athletics event three times in a row.

China’s Wang Zheng took the silver on her final throw of 77.03m and Poland’s Malwina Kopron finished with the bronze.

American DeAnna Price, the 2019 world champion and podium favourite after producing the best throw of 2021 in June, could not find her power during the final, finishing eighth overall.

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