Steffi Nerius, so often the bridesmaid in major competition, rose to the occasion of throwing in front of her home crowd, when she launched her javelin 67.30 metres in the opening round, on Day Four of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics.

Maria Abakumova of Russia, who’d thrown 68.92 metres, the longest ever in qualifying the previous day, responded with 65.39 metres in the third round, bettered on the next throw by World and Olympic champion Barbora Spotakova, with 66.42. But apart from a belated 66.06 metres from Abakumova, nothing much changed. But neither Nerius nor the crowd minded. A German had finally won gold…Read More

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