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Athletics: Perkovic dominates discus to clinch second world title

Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's Discus Throw Final - London Stadium, London, Britain – August 13, 2017. Sandra Perkovic of Croatia in action. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez
Athletics - World Athletics Championships - Women's Discus Throw Final - London Stadium, London, Britain – August 13, 2017. Sandra Perkovic of Croatia in action. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

By Christian Radnedge

LONDON (Reuters) - Double Olympic champion Sandra Perkovic eased her way to a second world discus title after being the only athlete to throw over 70 metres at the World Championships on Sunday.

The Croatian, who first won the world title in 2013, threw 70.31 metres on her second attempt which was enough to secure her country’s first gold of the championships.

The next best throw came from Australia’s Dani Stevens, who managed a personal best 69.64m on her final attempt to clinch silver.

It was the 29-year-old’s first World Championship medal since she won the title in 2009.

Melina Robert-Michon of France, who won Olympic bronze in Rio last year, came third with a personal best 66.21m.

(Editing by Ed Osmond)

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