Murofushi wins second straight hammer competition

ZAGREB (Kyodo) Koji Murofushi won the men’s hammer throw for the second meet in a row Wednesday at the IAAF World Challenge Zagreb.

The 2004 Olympic champion prevailed with an effort of 79.71 meters, beating second-placed Slovakian Libor Charfreitag (77.24) and Hungary’s Krisztian Pars (76.96).

After three meets, Murofushi, who also won on Sunday in Rieti, Italy, tops the Hammer Throw Challenge standings with 238.52 points.

Murofushi qualified for the final round of the Rieti meet with the season’s best throw of 80.99 meters.