LONDON, August 13, 2017 (Hina) – The best Croatian athlete Sandra Perković won the title of World Champion in Discus Throw for the second time in her career by producing an excellent throw of 70.31 m at the World Athletics Championships in London.
Perkovic repeated thus her success from Moscow four years ago when she won the title of World Champion for the first time, while two years ago in Beijing she was silver behind the Cuban Denia Caballero. Besides two World Championships gold medals, Perković also has two Olympic gold medals, the first one won at the same stadium in London five years ago and the second in Rio de Janeiro last year.
In addition, Perković has four consecutive titles of the European Champion.
The champion from Zagreb’s Dubrava dominated the discus throwing competition in London; already in the first round she produced a throw of 69.30 meters, which is the result that no other thrower managed this year. In the second round, Perkovic threw it even further, up to 70.31 m, and in the third round she managed a 70m throw with 70.28m, while in the fourth round she threw the discus to 69.81m. Those three throws were the longest ones in the competition. In the fifth and sixth rounds, Perković fouled.
Australian Dani Stevens (29), World Champion in Berlin eight years ago, won a silver medal when in the sixth round she produced the Oceania record of 69.64m, while bronze was won by Melina Robert-Michon (38) from France with 66.21m. For Robert-Michon this is the third big medal, after silver from World Championships in Moscow in 2013 and from Rio Olympics last year.
Stevens improved her personal record in the last round for as much as 1.65 m.
Title defender Denia Caballero ended the competition in London in fifth place with 64.37 m.