YOKOHAMA – World bronze medalist Koji Murofushi threw 80.44 meters in his second attempt to beat world champion Ivan Tikhon of Belarus for the men’s hammer throw title at the Yokohama Super Track and Field Meet on Tuesday.
The 28-year-old Japanese, who had to settle for third place at last month’s world meet in Paris, also threw 80.17 meters in his sixth and last attempt to overwhelm his opponents at International Stadium Yokohama.
“I am glad that I was able to win at a meet held in Japan. I am also glad that I was able to end the current season on this winning note,” Murofushi said.
Murofushi threw a world best for this season of 84.86 meters last June but suffered elbow and finger injuries shortly before the start of the World Championships.
“I did not feel any effects of the injuries so much. True I wanted throw a little longer. But I will reserve it for my next competition. I will firmly set my sights on the (Athens) Olympics,” he added.
Tikhon managed only 77.52 meters in his second attempt to finish second while third place went to Hungary’s Zsolt Nemeth, who threw 76.73 meters.
Elsewhere, lightly regarded Obadele Thompson of Barbados upset world-record holder Tim Montgomery of the United States in the men’s 100 meters by clocking 10.20 seconds. Japan’s Nobuharu Asahara came in third.
World champion Irina Yatchenko of Belarus walked away with the women’s discus throw title with a throw of 63.40 meters, beating Russian Natalya Sadova by 3.20 meters.
Yuka Murofushi, a sister of Koji Murofushi, was the top Japanese finisher by placing fourth with a record of 52.68.
Britain’s Kelly Holmes, the silver medalist at the Paris meet, won the women’s 800 meters in 2 minutes, 1.46 seconds.
In the men’s 800 meters, Kenya’s Justus Koech came out the winner in 1:49.25.
Felix Sanchez of the Dominican Republic won the men’s 400-meter hurdles in 48.86 seconds, while American Sandra Glover romped to the women’s 400-meter hurdles in 55.02.
In the women’s long jump, Japan’s Kumiko Ikeda leaped 6.48 meters for victory, edging American Grace Upshaw.
Japan-based Kenyan Lucy Wangui overtook world champion Tirunesh Dibaba of Ethiopia down the final stretch to snare the women’s 5,000-meter title.
Megumi Tanaka placed fourth, the best among Japanese. National record holder Kayoko Fukushi ended up in sixth.
American Shawn Crawford beat Namibia’s Frank Frederics to win the men’s 200 meters in 20.19 seconds while James Nieto of the U.S. cleared 2.31 meters to win the men’s high jump.
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