London, Aug 12: Poland’s two-time reigning world champion Pawel Fajdek completed his title hat-trick with a convincing victory in the men’s hammar event of the 2017 IAAF World Championships here.
The 28-year-old Fajdek on Friday struggled to find his best form in the opening two rounds but sealed the leading position with his third round effort of 79.73 meters, reports Xinhua news agency.
He went on to improve his mark to 79.81m in the fourth round and achieved 79.40m with his next try before bowing out with a no-throw in the last round.
It is the third consecutive world title for Fajdek, which makes him the first man ever to win three hammar gold medals in Championships history.
“I waited for this competition at this stadium for five years so it was very important for me to get this revenge for the Olympics here,” said Fajdek, who failed to register a valid mark in the qualification phase at the 2012 London Olympic Games.
Authorised neutral athlete Valeriy Pronkin took the silver medal with his last throw of 78.16m.
Fajdek’s compatriot Wojciech Nowicki repeated his third finish from the Beijing worlds two years ago with a mark of 78.03m. IANS