5 Aug 2015

Hammer world record broken

12:01 pm on 5 August 2015
Anita Wlodarczyk, 2013.

Anita Wlodarczyk, 2013. Photo: PHOTOSPORT

Anita Wlodarczyk has set a new world record in the women's hammer at the Festival of Throwers in Poland, becoming the first woman to break the 80-metre mark.

The Polish national beat her previous world record of 79.58 metres, set in Berlin last year, with a throw of 81.08 metres at the meeting in Cetniewo.

After a foul on her first attempt, the 29-year-old smashed the record in the second round.

Wlodarczyk won gold at the 2009 World Championships but finished second at the London Olympics in 2012 and the 2013 Worlds.