Polish hammer thrower destroys world record… twice

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Holy smoke, Anita Włodarczyk: Feel free to be impressed with yourself.

The Polish hammer thrower, 31, not only broke the Olympic and World Records during Monday’s final in Rio, she did it with regularity.

Three of her throws were better than the previous Olympic record and two of them topped the previous world record, which now stands at 82.29 meters. That’s less than 2.6 meters from the 28-year-old men’s record.

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She entered her final throw knowing she had won gold, and Wlodarczyk celebrated by nearly topping 80 again.

China’s Wenxiu Zhang (76.75) and Great Britain’s Sophie Hitchon (74.54) took silver and bronze.

USA’s Amber Campbell (72.74) and Deanna Price (70.95) finished 6th and 8th.