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Athletics: Alexandra Tavernier improves her French hammer throwing record

Athletics: Alexandra Tavernier improves her French hammer throwing record

Alexandra Tavernier during the hammer throwing competition at the Doha World Cup, September 28, 2019 ANDREJ ISAKOVIC

In her first competition since the Doha World Cup last October, Alexandra Tavernier improved her French hammer throw record by four inches, with a throw of 74.94m on Saturday at the Lyon Meeting.

“It was not necessarily what was expected. I expected a good performance after having a good session last week in training, but it was a retirement or a double,” said the 26-year-old athlete, quoted by a press release from the Federation. French Athletics.

A world bronze medalist (2015) and runner-up in Europe (2018), Tavernier erased on her second attempt a record she had set in June 2019 at the Chorzow meeting in Poland.

“We walk on eggshells. It was a very familiar and super fun competition, between pitchers. Even if we pitched with the boys, I was alone to get ahead, “he said.

This record has a special flavor for the five-time champion of France, who would compete for the first time alongside her younger brother Hugo, 19, also author of her personal best on Saturday with a throw of 69.39 m.

“For the first time, I went for it, so there is a symbolic meaning,” he savored.

At the same time, Mélina Robert-Michon also made a successful comeback, with a 61.44m throw during discus competition.

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