• Anita Włodarczyk throws 82.29m and breaks hammer throw world record

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Poland's Anita Włodarczyk broke her own women's hammer throw world record to win her first Olympic title on Monday.

The 2015 world champion, Włodarczyk, opened the competition with a decent throw of 76.35m to take the lead. In the following round she solidified her lead by throwing a massive 80.40m before unleashing a monster throw of 82.29m on her third attempt. 

Wenxiu Zhang of China, the forth place finisher in London in 2012, grabbed silver medal with a throw of 76.75m while Sophie Hitchon  in final attempt  threw a new British record of  74.54m to claim bronze from Germany's Betty Heidler.

Including today's hammer throw record there have been total of three world records broken in athletics at these Olympics. In the opening day of athletics competition Almaz Ayana of Ethiopia set an unbelievable 10,000m world record of 29:17.45. Last night South African Wayde van Niekerk stunned the word by running 43.02 to beat Michael Johnson's 400m world record. 

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