A few veterans were disappointed in the javelin and hammer throw competitions, but for the most part the women’s throws competition went according to form, particularly in the shot put, where New Zealand’s Valerie Adams won her fourth consecutive World Championships gold medal, to go along with a pair of World Indoor Championship titles.
Adams pushed all five of her legal throws past 20 meters to secure another outdoor World championship. Adams peaked at 20.88 meters (68 feet, 6 inches) in the third round. She threw 20.41/66-11 in the first round, which only one other competitor matched all day. She improved to 20.46/67-1 in the second before unleashing her winning toss in the next round. Adams posted the top three throws of the final, including a 20.76/68-1 effort in the fifth round. Christina Schwanitz of Germany was the only other competitor to top 20 meters, reaching back for something extra before unleashing a personal best 20.41 in the sixth round to move from fifth place into the silver medal spot. Gong Liljao of China threw19.95/65-5 in the second round to edge American Michelle Carter for the bronze by 1 millimeter. Schwanitz had never finished better than eighth in three previous outdoor World Championships, while Gong earned a bronze in 2009.
Croatia’s Sandra Perkovic had dominated women’s discus throwing over the previous two years, and the 2012 Olympic champion didn’t disappoint in Moscow. Perkovic took the lead on her first attempt in the final and never gave it up, improving to 67.99/223-0 in the second round to claim the gold medal. Any of Perkovic’s three legal throws would’ve been enough to win the championship. France’s Melina Robert-Michon moved into second place in round three, then improved to a national record 66.28/217-5 on her final attempt to win the silver. It was the first professional global championship medal for the 34-year-old Robert-Michon, who placed second in the World Junior Championships 15 years earlier. Another veteran, Cuba’s Yarelys Barrios, earned the bronze with a first-round toss measuring 64.96/213-1. Barrios gained a medal in her fourth consecutive World Championship, earning two silvers and two bronzes during that span.
The javelin throw places were all decided in the second round of the final, as Germany's Christina Obergfoll set a standard that nobody could meet, with a throw measuring 69.05/226-6. Australia's Kimberley Mickle settled into second place in round 2, then eventually improved to a personal best 66.60/218-6 in the sixth round to take the silver, her first medal in a global championship. Defending World champion Maria Abakumova of Russia took the lead by throwing 65.09/213-6 in the first round, but she couldn't improve that mark and wound up in third. Obergfoll gained her third World Championships medal after earning silvers in 2005 and 2007.
The previous two World champions, Russia's Tatyana Lysenko and Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland, exchanged the women's hammer throw lead back and forth in the 2013 final before Lysenko threw 78.80/258-6 in the fourth round to set a new World Championships record. The former record-holder, Wlodarczyk, tried to answer in the same round, and did beat her former mark, but she couldn't top the new one, throwing a national record 78.46/257-5 to earn the silver medal. China's Zhang Wenxiu reached 75.58/247-11, also in the fourth round, to take her third Championships bronze.
Germany’s Betty Heidler and Aksana Miankova of Belarus failed to qualify for the final after finishing 18th and 22nd overall, respectively, in the preliminary round.
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