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Belarus' Tikhon into hammer throw final in Rio, Fajdek out

Belarus' 40-year-old hammer thrower Ivan Tikhon from the first attempt fulfilled the qualification standard and reached the final of the Olympic Games 2016 in Rio de Janeiro.

He sent the hammer to the 76.51m mark and topped qualifying table. Ivan Tikhon decided not to take a second attempt.

Later, only one athlete was able to fulfill the qualification requirement. This was Pole Wojciech Nowicki, who from the third attempt threw the hammer at 77.64 meters and won qualification in the end.

In group A, there was a sensation today: Polish Paweł Fajdek failed to qualify.

Another Belarusian Pavel Bareysha was fifth in the qualification.   However, later Pavel was pushed down the table by group B. As a result, the Belarusian was 13th in the qualification, 14cm behind the last athleted who qualified for the final.

In group B Belarusian thrower Sergey Kolomoets posted his best attempt at 74.29 meters and reached the final from 8th place.

In the women’s 800m Marina Arzamasova qualified for the semifinal after taking second place clocking 1:58.44. Another Belarusian runner Yulia Korol took 34th place.

Belarus' Tikhon into hammer throw final in Rio, season leader Fajdek out