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Lysenko sets Olympic record to win hammer gold

Friday - 8/10/2012, 8:18pm  ET

LONDON (AP) - Tatyana Lysenko of Russia set an Olympic record Friday night to win the hammer throw, an event marred by a technical problem with the measurements for the bronze-medal winner.

Lysenko, the former world-record holder who served a two-year doping ban until 2009, set the games record with her first attempt at 77.56 meters and then improved it with her fifth at 78.18. Aksana Miankova of Belarus held the previous Olympic record of 76.34, set at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland earned the silver at 77.60, and Betty Heidler of Germany took the bronze at 77.13.

China's Zhang Wenxiu was originally ranked third at 76.34, but Heidler was later elevated to the bronze medal when officials remeasured her fifth throw _ which initially didn't register at 77.13 due to technical problems.

"At the end of the final round, Heidler's throw was remeasured at 77.13, which moved her into bronze medal position," the International Association of Athletics Federations said in a statement. "The Chinese team lodged a protest after the end of the competition, considering their athlete had been seriously disadvantaged by not knowing, when she took her last attempt, that she was out of the medal positions."

The medal ceremony was delayed until Saturday, but the appeal was rejected.


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