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China's Lyu renews meet record of women javelin at Shanghai Diamond League

IANS  |  Shanghai 

Lyu Huihui of broke her own meet record under heavy rain to win the women's title at the Shanghai meet on Saturday.

The 28-year-old opened the competition with a first round effort of 64.39 metres. She went on to improve her mark to 66.85m in the third round and bowed out with a 66.26m to wrap up the victory, reports

Lyu improved the previous meet record of 64.08m set by herself in 2015 by a margin of 2.77 metres.

It was also her best performance of the current season, but was still shy from her Asian record of 67.59m registered when winning the silver at the World Championships in last summer.

of took the second place at 64.49m, followed by of who finished 63.20m.

Meanwhile, reigning world champion of hurled a season best of 19.99 metres for all women shot putters to win here.

The 29-year-old Gong, the winner of the trophy last year, beat a loaded field with five over-19m throws. Her winning from the second round and in fact each of the five valid marks was good enough to seal the title for the local star.

"My plan was to break 20m today but unfortunately I was just one centimeter short of the mark," Gong said. "I probably will not join every race this season, but I will try to get more points in each race I compete in."

Danniel Thomas-Dodd of took the silver at 18.70m and America's finished third at 18.63.

Defending world indoor champion failed to compete to her best level and only settled for the sixth place at 18.16.

Four-time world champion of finished eighth at 18.01.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 21:20 IST