Sandra Perković and Marija Tolj in Discus Final at World Athletics Championships!

Daniela Rogulj

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Croatian athletes Sandra Perković and Marija Tolj qualified for the discus final at the World Athletics Championships in the USA! The norm for the final was 64 meters, or the best 12 results, reports HRT

Sandra Perković did the job already in the first series of her qualification group, throwing the discus 64.23 meters, so there was no need for the next two attempts. Tolj, on the other hand, entered the finals based on the results of others – in the first series, she threw 61.46 meters, and then had two incorrect attempts.

As the 22-year-old Tolj competed in the first group, she had to wait for the outcome of the competition in the second group in order to break into the top 12. She succeeded and, in the end, took tenth place.

American Valerie Allman had the best qualifying result. The current Olympic champion threw the discus 68.36 meters. In second was Jorinda van Klinken from the Netherlands, who threw 65.66 meters, while the current world champion Cuban Yaime Perez had the third best result of 65.32 meters. Perković was seventh with 64.23 meters, and Tolj was tenth with 61.46 meters.

A total of 30 females competed, and the last, 12th place leading to the final, was won by Frenchwoman Melina Robert-Michon with 61.21 meters.

Sandra Perković has so far won two gold medals (2013, 2017), one silver (2015), and one bronze (2019) at the world championships, and this season she threw the furthest – 68.19 meters. Only American Allman (71.46) threw further than her this year.

Marija Tolj arrived in Eugene in excellent form, having recently won gold at the Mediterranean Games in Oran with a personal record of 64.71 meters. Let’s add that in Eugene, she won her first final at a major senior competition (Olympics, World Champs, European Champs).

The women’s discus final is scheduled for early Thursday morning Croatian time.

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