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Lyu Huihui wins women's javelin throw bronze medal

Source: hubei.gov.cn 08/10/2017 05:08:10

China's Li Lingwei (L) celebrates winning silver with Lyu Huihui who won bronze in the women's javelin during the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium on Aug 8, 2017. [Photo/ Xinhua]

Lyu Huihui from central China's Hubei province, who set a new Asian record in the qualification of 67.49 on Sunday, could not repeat her strong performance in the final, and settled for the bronze in 65.26.

Lyu's qualification time would have won her the gold medal if she had produced the result in the final. She admitted that she tried a bit too hard in the qualification.

"I competed so hard in the qualification and got brilliant result, which left me a little fatigued both physically and mentally," said the Beijing world championships silver medalist.

Three of the 12 finalists are from China, which is a good sign for javelin throw to develop in China.

China's Li Lingwei, a two-time Asian champion, produced a lifetime best of 66.25 to take the silver. "We have three people in the final and won two medals. I think it is good for the sport in China, so I am very happy," she said.

Two-time Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova of Czech Republic, last winning the world title in 2007 in Osaka, set the winning mark of 66.76 meters in her second attempt.

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