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08/31/2014 01:12 EDT | Updated 10/31/2014 05:59 EDT

Anita Wlodarczyk sets world record in hammer throw

Up for little long toss?

Don't miss Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland setting a world record of 79.58 metres in women's hammer throw at ISTAF Berlin on Sunday.

Wlodarczyk, the reigning European champion and Olympic silver medallist, eclipsed the previous mark held by Betty Heidler by 16 centimetres.

The record toss elicited an enthusiastic response from commentators on the event broadcast, followed by an equally joyful celebration from Wlodarczyk herself when the record was confirmed on the scoreboard. 

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Think about it. Wlodarczyk slung a four-kilogram hammer over 260 feet. That is like tossing it over the fence at a ballpark. Remarkable.  

But the 29-year-old always seems to save her best throws for Berlin, where she also set a then-world record of 77.96 at the IAAF world championships on Aug. 22, 2009. 

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"Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!" indeed. 

Heidler, of course, would later up it to 79.42 metres - coincidentally, also in Germany (Halle) - on May 21, 2011.

But on Sunday, she settled for second (75.20) in Berlin behind Wlodarczyk's new gold-medal standard, the 16th world record set at ISTAF in its 73rd edition.

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