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Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

TWO-TIME Olympic cham­pion and world record-holder Barbora Spotakova re­gained the ti­tle she last won in 2007 and un­der­lined her po­si­tion as the most suc­cess­ful ath­lete in her event, though only with a 66.76m throw.

She joins St­effi Nerius as the only four-time world medal­list. It was her 10th global fi­nal and she has also com­peted in six Euro­pean Cham­pi­onships.

The best throw at Lon­don though came from Lu Hui­hui who threw an Asian record 67.59m in qual­i­fy­ing but only 65.25m for third in the fi­nal.

While the win­ning dis­tance was the sec­ond short­est be­hind Mirela Man­jani’s 66.52m in 2003, six over 64 me­tres has only been pre­vi­ously sur­passed in 1987 with the old much eas­ier spec­i­fi­ca­tion where Fa­tima Whit­bread won with 76.64m.

Barbora Spotakova: all-time great and back on top

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