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The United States had never won a medal in the women’s hammer throw, or a title in any women’s throws event at a World Athletics Championships. World leader DeAnna Price staked her claim on both early on and never relented to be crowned the first field event champion at the World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
Price set the tone with her first throw, just the second of the competition, an effort that landed at 76.87m, setting in motion the chase scenario that defined the rest of the competition. She was never caught.
But Pole Joanna Fiodorow, who arrived with ambitions to succeed injured compatriot and world record holder Anita Wlodarczyk as world champion, landed in Doha well-armed. Throwing immediately after Price, the two-time European bronze medallist applied the pressure early on, adding more than a metre to her career-best with a 76.35m blast.
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