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Cubas Yipsi Moreno hurled her hammer 74 09 meters to dominate the 2008 World Athletics Finals
Moreano, the Olympic sub-champion from the Cuban province of Camagüey, sealed her fourth victory in these games, after having also reigned supreme in the 2003, 2005 and 2007 meets. She, by the way, finished the season in her best form, because on Tuesday in Zagreb she set a new national and central Caribbean record of 76.62 meters.

Also in the games, Czech javelin thrower Barbora Spotakova destroyed the previous world record of 71.70 meters that Cuba’s Osleidys Menéndez had held by since August 2005. Commenting on her 72.28 thrust, Olympic medal winner Spotakova said, “I didn't expect to do so well, because the weather was not the best. Now I will enjoy the prize and rest for a good while.”

In other results of the first day of the meet, Estonian discus thrower Gerd Kanter dominated with a 68.38 meter hurl, while Silke Spiegelburg won the pole-vault before his public to achieve a personal record of 4.70 meters. Likewise, American Bernard Lagat timed in at 8:02.92 minutes in the 3,000 meter run —his best time of the year— while Portuguese long-jumper Nadie Gomes hit a 6.71 meter leap.

Also shining was Kerron Clement, from the United States, in the 400-meter hurdles (48:96 seconds), along with Russian 3,000-meter hurdler Gulnara Galkina, who came in at 9:21.73 to break the European record.

Finally, Jamaica’s Azafa Powell ran the 100-meter dash in 9:87 seconds, Portugal’s Nelson Evora won in the triple jump (17.24 meters), American Sanya Richards conquered the 200-meter sprint (22:50 seconds) and the Ethiopian Meseret Defar led in the 5,000 run (14:53.82 minutes).

(Juventud Rebelde)

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