USA thrower Valarie Allman in the Discus throw at the Berlin ISTAF 2023

Berlin, Germany (Sept. 3) — Valarie Allman, the Olympic champion and recent silver medalist at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, set a new world lead in the women’s discus throw event at the 83rd ISTAF Berlin 2023 here on Sunday.

Valarie Allman Sets World Lead in Discus Throw at 83rd ISTAF Berlin 2023

Allman, whose previous season best was 70.25m entering today’s competition, outdid herself by recording a throw of 70.47m in the fifth round of the contest, setting the world lead for the year, which was also held by her.

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The American athlete, who holds the North American area record with 71.46m, was already in the lead here with her 65.84m and was the only thrower beyond 65 meters today.

However, the Tokyo Games champion went all out for a big mark in the penultimate round of the competition and was fully rewarded with the biggest throw of 2023.

Valarie Allman’s closest competitor, Kristin Pudenz of Germany, managed a throw of 64.90m for second place, while Jorinde van Klinken of the Netherlands took third place with a throw of 64.11m.

Elsewhere in the competition, Marija Tolj of Croatia set her season best at 61.84m, and Shanice Craft and Julia Harting, both from Germany, also put up solid performances with throws exceeding 61m.

Earlier today at the same meeting, world 10,000m record holder Letesenbet Gidey of Ethiopia clocked a very fast 14:08.79 to set a meeting record for the women’s 5000m.

She was aiming to break the world record time of 14:05.20 set by Kenya’s Faith Kipyegon in Paris earlier this summer but fell short of the mark. Still, Gidey managed to smash the 14:05.20 meeting record set by Russia’s Olga Yegorova in 2001.

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