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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Women's Hammer Throw

 

 

Host City: Osaka, JapanFormat: Qualifying round (71.00 or top 12 to final) (Aug 28)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
  Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF  
Seventy-seven metres had been beaten by Tatyana Lysenko four times by the end of June, but she was then suspended for a doping offence. This left Moreno and Skolimowska, both finalists on four previous occasions, as the fancied athletes. Surprisingly, the qualifying was led by Brkljai, who reached 74.69, but she faded in the final, reaching only 68.16 for 11th place. Moreno opened the final with 72.87, but was overtaken by Skolimowska’s 73.75. Heidler then moved into the lead with 74.76, and Zhang moved past Moreno with 73.11. The Cuban eventually got going with 74.33 in round four, and Zhang reached 74.21 then74.39 in the 5th round to take back second place. Moreno then entered the circle for the final time, proceeded with her pre-throw ritual, including the rotation of a finger in front of her face to help visualize the throw about to occur, and launched the ball and chain out to ... 74.74, missing gold by just 2cm. The event saw the first occasion of nine throwers exceeding 70m in any competition, and more than doubled the number that had managed that distance ever in the World Championships.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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