Russia´s Tatyana Lysenko won the women´s hammer throw final with the new Olympic record of 78.18m. The former WR holder Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland followed him with her season´s best 77.60m.
Amazingly huge errors could happen even in such competitions as Olympic Games. After the WR holder Betty Heidler threw a way over 75m line officials were unable to measure his throw and gave him foul. Chinese Wenxiu Zhang celebrated her bronze (76.34m) meanwhile Heidler still didn´t know should she post a formal protest or officials would still measure her best throw.
Finally, they measured all the potholes on grass (fortunatelly hammer leaves those ) and they found where Heidler´s effort landed – 77.13m, new bronze winner!
Now, the question is will IOC give out 2 bronze medals? Why was Heidler´s throw marked as foul? Why it took so long to measure the throw?
Still, there were many good results from other trowers also. Kathrin Klaas threw her new personal record 76.05m and got fifth. Cuban Yipsi Moreno was sixth with 74.60m, Aksana Miankova seventh with 74.40m, Zalina Marghieva eight 74.06m, season´s best for Stephanie Falzon with 73.06m.
Brittish record holder Sophie Hitchon was 12th with 69.33m.