Women’s Hammer Throw
Going by current form, Anita Wlodarczyk is certainly the woman to beat in this event at the forthcoming World Championships. The thrower and World Leader has been dominant this year, extending her impressive performance from last year. She holds seven of the Top 10 distances this year, and is followed by Germany’s Betty Heidler (75.73m).
Earlier this month, the Pole recently shattered her own WR of 79.58m, replacing it with an astounding mark of 81.08m to win at the Kamila Skolimowska Memorial Throws Festival in Cetniewo, Poland, thus becoming the first woman to break the 80m barrier. She has also surpassed the 76m, 77m and 78m barriers more times than any other woman in history, and is no stranger to breaking WRs!
She set a WR of 77.96m to win the World title in Berlin in 2009. She improved on her mark with another WR of 78.30m in 2010, and then a PB of 78.46m at the World Championships in Moscow 2013 where she won Silver behind Tatyana Lysenko. The Russian won the event with a CR of 78.80m. Wlodarczyk recorded her third WR of 79.58m at the 2014 ISTAF Berlin meeting, and it was at that point she knew that she could throw further than 80m:
“Breaking the world record makes me feel that 80m is definitely possible. I dream of being the first woman to throw 80m. I know that there’s still room for improvement. I know that 80m is possible; perhaps even 81.50m.” Her dream came true a year later with her most recent achievement, which is exactly one-and-a-half metres more than her former record, making it the biggest single improvement in the women’s Hammer WR since 1999.
Wlodarczyk looks set to continue her record-breaking spree at this weekend’s championships in Beijing. Defending champion, Lysenko would have been in the best position to stop her, but the Russian wasn’t listed in her country’s contingent for the games. And except an upset occurs, the two-time European champion is set to send more records tumbling.
She said: “A world record means more to me than being a world champion. Your reign as a world champion only lasts for two years, but you can be a world record-holder for much longer than that.”