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Anita Włodarczyk

Anita Włodarczyk
Anita Włodarczyk in 2009
Personal information
Nationality  Poland
Born (1985-08-08) 8 August 1985
Rawicz, Poland
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 94 kg (207 lb)[1]
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
Club Skra Warsaw

Anita Włodarczyk (born 8 August 1985) is a Polish hammer thrower and the world record holder with 79.58 m.

Włodarczyk won her first national U23 championships in 2007, and went on to compete in the 2007 European Athletics U23 Championships, although she did not progress beyond the qualifying round. She finished sixth in the hammer throw competition at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Włodarczyk qualified for the 2008 World Athletics Final and won a bronze medal. The following year, she took part in the 2009 European Team Championships, winning her first gold medal at a major international competition.

Włodarczyk achieved a personal best throw of 76.20 metres, achieved in 30 May 2009 in Biała Podlaska, beating her previous record by 81 cm and improve 76.59 m in Golden Spike Ostrava. Prior to the 2009 World Championships in Athletics, she produced a national record-breaking performance in Cottbus, winning the competition with a world-leading 77.20 m throw. This was fourth longest throw by a woman in hammer throw.

On 22 August 2009 during the World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, Germany Włodarczyk set a world record with a throw of 77.96 metres (255 ft 9 in).[2] Her season ended prematurely when she twisted her left ankle during her celebration.[3]

She recovered and returned to competition with a performance at the Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar in April 2010 and she easily won her event with a throw of 75.13 m.[4] In excellent form, she then proceeded to break her existing world record with a 78.30 m hammer throw at the Enea Cup in Bydgoszcz on 6 June 2010.[5] She won the bronze at the 2010 European Athletics Championships and was ranked second overall for the season in the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge, finishing behind Betty Heidler.[6] She finished outside of the medals at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, coming fifth overall.

At the start of her 2012 season, she came third at the Ostrava Golden Spike and runner-up at the Prefontaine Classic.[7]

For her sport achievements, she received:
Knight's Cross Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (5th Class) in 2009.[8]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 9th 63.74 m
2008 European Winter Throwing Cup Split, Croatia 1st 71.84 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 6th 71.56 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 70.97 m
2009 European Team Championships Leiria, Portugal 1st 75.23 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 1st 77.96 m World Record Championships Record
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 73.56 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 5th 73.56 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 74.29 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd 77.60 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 78.46 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 78.76 m Championships Record 79,58 m Word Record


  1. ^ a b Anita Włodarczyk's profile at the IAAF site
  2. ^ [1]
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  4. ^ Turner, Chris (2010-04-24). Wlodarczyk blasts out 75.13m release in Dakar – IAAF World Challenge. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-04-25.
  5. ^ IAAF
  6. ^ Murofushi and Heidler take overall titles and prize of $30,000 each – IAAF World Hammer Throw Challenge. IAAF (2010-09-08). Retrieved on 2010-09-08.
  7. ^ Gains, Paul (2012-06-02). Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-06-03.
  8. ^

External links

  • Anita Włodarczyk profile at IAAF
Preceded by
Tatyana Lysenko
Betty Heidler
Women's Hammer World Record Holder
August 22, 2009 – May 21, 2011
August 31, 2014 –
Succeeded by
Betty Heidler
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