August 23, 2015 / 12:30 PM / 3 years ago

Dominant Pole Fajdek retains hammer title

First placed Pawel Fajdek of Poland celebrates with a Polish national flag after winning gold in the men's hammer throw final during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China August 23, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

BEIJING (Reuters) - Poland’s Pawel Fajdek underlined his dominance of the men’s hammer this year with two throws over 80 meters as he retained his world title in style on Sunday.

None of his rivals have managed to get over the 80 meter mark this year so the gold medal appeared to be in the bag for the 26-year-old when he threw 80.64 with his third attempt.

Fajdek went even further with his fourth attempt, however, reaching the 80.88 mark to all but ensure that he would extend his winning streak this year to 16 competitions.

Both Dilshod Nazarov and Fajdek’s compatriot Wojciech Nowicki had throws of 78.55 with the Tajik taking the silver medal because his second best throw was better than the Pole’s

Reporting by Nick Mulvenney, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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