World silver medallist Betty Heidler takes the win in the women's Hammer in Thessaloniki, Greece with 72.03m (Getty Images) © Copyright

Event REPORT - Hammer Throw - WOMEN

As expected, World championships silver medallist Betty Heidler dominated the women’s Hammer Throw to collect her second WAF victory.

So far ahead of the chase pack is the 25-year-old German that three of her four throws would have sufficed for the victory. Heidler, who thrilled the home crowd at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium last month in a dramatic competition, controlled the proceedings here from her opening round 70.55m effort. She followed up with a 71.62m in the second round and her 72.03m winning toss in the third, before finishing up the day with another 70m throw which landed at 70.68m.

“It was a very god result for me,” said Heidler, who in Berlin threw a national record 77.12m to move all the way up to the No. 5 spot all-time.

“I wasn’t looking for a very big throw, only a win.” This was her 10th victory in 16 starts this year, with one more stop remaining on her schedule – the Pedro’s Cup meeting in Szczecin, Poland, on 15 September – before she hangs up her hammer for the year. “After that,” said Heidler, who also took the WAF title in 2006, “I will rest.”

Italian Clarissa Claretti salvaged a sub-par outing with a 70.56m throw in the fourth and final round – throwers and horizontal jumpers are limited to just four efforts at the WAF – to finish second. Martina Hrasnova of Slovakia, the Berlin bronze medallist, was the only other to throw beyond the 70 metre line twice, and took third here as well with a 70.45 best.

Heidler’s teammate Kathrin Klaas, who was fourth at the World championships, was here as well, but only with a modest 69.50m.

Bob Ramsak for the IAAF