Tatyana Lysenko of Russia set an Olympic record to win the hammer throw gold medal on Friday night.

Lysenko, the former world record-holder, who served a two-year doping ban until 2009, set the games record with her first attempt of 77.56m and then improved it with her fifth at 78.18. Aksana Miankova set the old mark of 76.34 at Beijing.

Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland earned the silver at 77.60 with her last throw and China’s Zhang Wenxiu took bronze at 76.34. Miankova, the 2008 champion, placed sixth.

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