It was another good night for the hosts, as yet another favourite failed to live up to the billings on Day Five of the IAAF World Championships in Athletics in the Berlin Olympiastadion.

With virtually the last throw of the competition – and the gold looking destined for Piotr Malachowski of Poland, who had had a magnificent series, with two national records and a best of 69.15m, Robert Harting of Germany delivered the coup de grace – a personal best 69.43m!

The Pole had the final throw, but could only manage just over 67 metres. And Harting’s last throw had won a second gold for Germany, after last night’s for Steffi Nerius, achieved on her first throw in the javelin. Malachowski won silver, and favourite Gerd Kanter of Estonia rescued a late bronze, with 66.88m….Read More

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