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Athletics: New Polish national record in women's javelin

10.05.2021 11:50
Maria Andrejczyk has set a new Polish record in the javelin with a throw of 71.40 metres, putting her tantalizingly close to the world record.
Maria Andrejczyk in action in Split.
Maria Andrejczyk in action in Split. Photo: Milan Sabic/PIXSELL/PAP

Experts said Andrejczyk has suddenly installed herself as the early gold medal favourite for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

Her over-71-metre feat at the European Throwing Cup in Split, Croatia, on Sunday, was also the third best result in the history of women's javelin.

The 25-year-old Pole's previous personal best, which was also the Polish record, was a throw of 67.11 metres at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

“I don’t think right now about the world record. I think about the hard work I need to do before the Olympics” in Tokyo, Andrejczyk was cited as saying by the european-athletics.com website.

The Czech Republic's Barbora Špotáková holds the world record in the women's javelin with a throw of 72.28 metres.

The European Throwing Cup is an annual competition for athletes specialising in the javelin, discus, hammer and shot put.

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Source: IAR/european-athletics.com