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Norway's Andreas Thorkildsen captured gold in the men's javelin final during the world track and field championships in Berlin on Sunday. ((David J. Phillip/Associated Press))

Third time was the charm for Andreas Thorkildsen at the world track and field championships in Berlin on Sunday.

The Olympic champion from Norway won his first world championships javelin title after being second best the past two years.

Thorkildsen captured the gold with a throw of 89.59m on his second attempt.

Guillermo Martinez of Cuba finished second with a throw of 86.41 on his final attempt, and Yukifumi Murakami of Japan earned the bronze with a toss of 82.97.

Defending champion Tero Pitkamaki of Finland finished in fifth place.

Americans own long jump

In the women's long jump final, Brittney Reese won with a huge jump on her third attempt to secure gold medal finishes for the Americans in the men's and women's events.

"I've been losing sleep," Reese said. "This is what I wanted to get since I competed in college. To come and get it is great."

A day after her countryman Dwight Phillips took top spot on the podium in the men's final, Reese wrapped up the women's final with a jump of 7.10 metres to claim her first world title.

"I had it in me, but the media was telling me I couldn't do it in the finals," Reese said. "So, I wanted to finally prove that I can do it."

Defending champion Tatyana Lebedeva of Russia took silver with a jump of 6.97, and Karin Mey Melis of Turkey won bronze with a leap of 6.80.

"It was really a surprise," Melis said.

With files from Associated Press