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Wlodarczyk won again, Harting said goodbye to Ostrava

12.6.2018 | 21:55

Foto: Pavel Lebeda (sport-pics.cz)

Polish hammer legend Anita Wlodarczyk extended her collection of traditional crystal trophy of the Golden Spike to eight. She enjoyed her eleventh start in Ostrava although she was not a favourite.

American Gwen Berry entered the competition as a world leader and in first throws she was in the lead as well. Then she was replaced by Alexandra Tavernier from France but Wlodarczyk threw 74.55m and she proved that she likes to win in Ostrava. Gradually she improved and in the fifth series she performed 76.43m which is the best European performance of this season. “I’m really happy, I made my best today and I feel that my shape is good. It is a long way to break the 80m border bud I think it could still happen during this season. The European Championships in Berlin start in two month so that’s enough time,” said Anita Wlodarczyk after the competition. In the second place Gwen Berry finished, third was Alexandra Tavernier. Czech athletes Tereza Králová and Kateřina Šafránková didn’t qualify into finals.

After the opening discipline, the audience was looking forward to a discus battle, in which German legend Robert Harting was saying goodbye to Ostrava. The triple world champion took second place at the end. “I’m here for the last time, I’m going to end my career, my body doesn’t feel great. I have my dream medals at home, now there is a time for younger athletes,” said Harting to the audience. His best performance was 64.79m but the victory finally took Lithuanian Andrius Gudzius. He sent the discus to 66.30m which was enough to win.

“It was hard but I’m happy. I had really tough programme, four competitions in six days. But I won and that’s important,” said Gudzius happily. He defeated Robert Harting and leader of this year’s ranking Jamaican Fedrick Dacres. The only Czech Marek Bárta took eighth position with 59.09.

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