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Chinese veteran Li Yanfeng claims her first world title in discus throw

08-29-2011 08:31 BJT

DAEGU, South Korea, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chinese veteran Li Yanfeng maintained her great form of the season, earning her first world championship title here on Sunday with 66.52 meters in the women's discus throw.

China's Li Yanfeng competes in the women's discus throw final at
the IAAF World Championships in Daegu August 28, 2011. She won the
gold medal with 66.52 meters. (Xinhua/Liao Yujie)

The reigning Asian Games champion set the winning mark in her second attempt, delivering the first Worlds' gold medal in field events for China since Huang Zhihong's victory in the women's shot put in 1993.

"I am already 32 and I have been waiting many years for this success. This was my dream and it just came true," an emotional Li told reporters at the post match press conference.

"My coach helped me a lot on my way to the gold medal, and I was expecting even better throws, over 67 meters or something. This medal will be written in the history as the first gold (for China) in this event," she added.

Germany's Nadine Muller took the silver medal with 65.97m while Cuba's Worlds and Olympic runner-up Yarelis Barrios produced her season best of 65.73m for a bronze.

The 25-year-old Muller, who leads the Diamond League rankings this season, was excited about the medal and was to have a great party to celebrate.

"This is awesome! Unbelievable emotions! I cannot really believe and realize it myself," she said. "Before the competition we tried to put expectations down saying that I wanted to be amongst the first six."

She went on to say that she had hoped to throw further than Li, but her legs got very heavy, but it was fortunate that nobody could throw better than her mark and she could keep the silver medal.

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