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Tokyo 2020: Poland’s Nowicki wins gold in men’s hammer throw

TOKYO, JAPAN - AUGUST 04: Wojciech Nowicki of Team Poland celebrates in the Men's Hammer Throw Final on day twelve of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 04, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Poland’s Wojciech Nowicki won the men’s hammer throw with a personal best of 82.52 metres on Wednesday, while his compatriot Pawel Fajdek avoided another Olympic disappointment by picking up the bronze.

Nowicki, who finished third at the 2016 Games and has three world bronze medals, was dominant from the start with an 81.18 opener.

Norway’s Eivind Henriksen produced a national record 81.58 for silver.

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With four World Championship titles, Fajdek was an obvious front runner in Tokyo, but he failed to win a medal at his previous two Olympics. After four underwhelming attempts on Wednesday, he produced enough power for the podium with 81.53.

The results added to Poland’s medal run, after Anita Wlodarczyk won a historic third straight Olympic gold in the women’s hammer on Tuesday and Malwina Kopron took the bronze. Poland also won the inaugural 4×400 mixed relay on Saturday.

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