Germany's Molitor snatches gold with final throw

Sun Aug 30, 2015 10:12am EDT
 
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By Nick Mulvenney

BEIJING (Reuters) - Germany's Katharina Molitor conjured up the longest throw of her career with the final throw of the competition to win a surprise javelin gold and deny hosts China a second title of the world athletics championships on Sunday.

The 31-year-old, who had never previously won a medal at a major championships and one of four Germans in the final, launched the javelin a world leading 67.69 meters with her sixth effort.

"I cannot really believe this," she said. "After my fifth throw, I thought, 'Maybe I can still improve a little bit'. I dreamed about that and now I have this new PB and world lead. Perfect."

"This is a first class feeling now. I still cannot believe it. I am so happy. This is fantastic! I have always dreamed about a medal, no matter the color."

Molitor's final throw relegated China's Lyu Huihui, who had led the way after an Asian record 66.13m with her fifth throw, to the silver medal position.

Lyu was nevertheless delighted with her first major medal and paid tribute to the noisy crowd at thee Bird's Nest Stadium.

"I am very excited about this silver medal, I was able to come back and to come back strong," said the 26-year-old.

"We had set a goal to do well here. The crowd here gave me wonderful support, they shouted "jia you" (go, go) for me and this helped me a lot."   Continued...

 
Kathrina Molitor of Germany competes in the women's javelin throw final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 30, 2015.  REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach