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Event Preview Women Hammer Throw

She may not be leading the discipline in the IAAF world list, but France’s Manuela MONTEBRUN remains unbeaten in the women’s Hammer Throw in 12 international competitions since the start of the season.

This unrivalled supremacy, culminating in a best ever throw of 75.20m (although not ratified due to the slope of the terrain), is certain to be severely tested by the reigning world champion, Cuba’s Yipsi MORENO (70.65m at Edmonton in 2001).

In front of her home crowd and boosted by her official best of 74.50m, MONTEBRUN will be setting her sights on reaching the podium, preferably the top step – a tough but realistic goal.

In a discipline which has seen spectacular progress in performances over the last three years, MORENO, who has raised her pb from 71.47m to 75.14m in the space of 12 months, looks set to be installed as main favourite to retake the crown she originally landed in Edmonton.

Very young, powerful and technically strong, the Cuban will need to be wary of MONTEBRUN, Romanian world record holder Mihaela MELINTE (76.07m in 1999), and Russia’s Olga Kuzenkova, forever the bridesmaid in big championships before finally claiming the European title in 2002.

She’ll also want to keep an eye on Poland’s Kamila SKOLIMOWSKA, barely 20 years old and reigning Olympic Champion, but currently struggling to find her best form; plus Ukraine’s Iryna SEKACHOVA (72.96m this year) and the Australian Bronwyn EAGLES, bronze medallist at Edmonton in 2001.