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Anita Wlodarczyk sets world record in hammer throw

Reigning European champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland set a world record of 79.58 metres in the women's hammer throw at the ISTAF athletics meet in Berlin on Sunday.

European champion's toss of 79.58 metres eclipses previous women's mark by 16 centimetres

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland set a new world record of 79.58 metres in the women's hammer throw at ISTAF Berlin on Sunday. (Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

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Don't miss Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland setting a world record of 79.58 metres in women's hammer throw at ISTAF Berlin on Sunday.

Wlodarczyk, the reigning European champion and Olympic silver medallist, eclipsed the previous mark held by Betty Heidler by 16 centimetres.

"It is a great feeling to finally improve the world record," Wlodarczyk said. "I was aiming for 80 metres and I know I am able to throw it,"

The record toss elicited an enthusiastic response from commentators on the event broadcast, followed by an equally joyful jumpfest from Wlodarczyk herself when the record was confirmed on the scoreboard: 

Think about it. Wlodarczyk slung a hefty, four-kilogram hammer over 260 feet. Remarkable.   

Then again, the 29-year-old seems to save her best throws for Berlin, where she also set a then-world record of 77.96 at the IAAF world championships on Aug. 22, 2009:

"Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!" indeed. 

"This stadium brings me luck," Wlodarczyk said. "Back in 2009, I also managed the world record and now it seems like my destiny."

Heidler, of course, would later up it to 79.42 metres - by coincidence, also in Germany - on May 21, 2011.

But on Sunday, she settled for second (75.20) in Berlin behind Wlodarczyk's gold-medal standard, the 16th world record set at ISTAF in its 73rd edition.

"Anita's world record is not a surprise," Heidler said. "She announced it beforehand. 

"I have thrown a word record as well. No one will ever take this away from me."

The race to 80 metres is on. 

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