The meeting record was pulverized as heavily as the turf was impacted by the implements let loose by three of this afternoon’s nine competitors. Only one edition of the women’s Hammer Throw had been held in the history of the World Cup, and the 70.75m victory of China’s Gu Yuan (CHN) in Madrid 2002, the previous best mark, did not even last one round, in fact one throw.
The IAAF website's editorial team brings you comprehensive written news coverage of all the action from the tenth edition of the IAAF World Cup in Athletics, Athens, Greece, on Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 September 2006.
After a string of sizzling summer races with swift finishing laps, Meseret Defar was apparently looking to end her season as quickly as possible. Jumping to the lead from the gun, the event’s World record holder switched on the cruise control over the ensuing 12-and-a-half laps en route to her solo 14:39.11 win.
Russia's world season’s leader Lyudmila Kolchanova (7.11m – 15 July) who was crowned European champion last month, took her eighth win out of eleven competitions she has contested this summer with a second round 6.78m. It’s a consistency of performance which was matched by today’s series – 6.76m, 6.78m, 6.73m, foul.
As she sailed off the turn, there was little doubt that Sanya Richards would dominate the proceedings in the 200 metres. Less than 24 hours after winning the 400 with a sensational 48.70 Area record, the 21-year-old took home the top honours for the U.S. over the half lap as well in 22.23.