Li wins China’s first discus world title

DAEGU, South Korea, (Reuters) – Li Yanfeng finally  got the success she had been waiting for by winning China’s  first world discus title  yesterday.

The 32-year-old secured the gold with a throw of 66.52  metres on her second attempt on a breezy night in Daegu.  Germany’s Nadine Muller was second (65.97) and Cuban Yarelys  Barrios took the bronze (65.73).

“I am already 32 years old and I was waiting so many years  for this success. This was my dream and it just came true,” said  Li.

“My coach helped me a lot on the way to the medal and I was  expecting an even longer throw, over 67 metres. This medal is a  big achievement for us because it will be written in the history  as the first gold in this event.”

Defending champion Dani Samuels of Australia failed to throw  over 60 metres and finished in 10th place.

“When I am tense there is no rhythm, speed or acceleration,”  said Samuels, who became the youngest world champion in the  event in Berlin two years ago.

“It is very disappointing not to give myself the  opportunity, but I just couldn’t get it together today,” added  the 23-year-old.

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