Sandra Perković finished fourth in the women’s discus throw final at the Tokyo Olympics.
The two-time Olympic champion threw farthest on her third attempt, when her discus travelled 65.01 metres. That very good throw was preceded by a throw of 62.53 on her first attempt and a foul on the second. This was followed by a 30-minute break due to a heavy rain shower at the stadium, which flooded the circle. On her last three throws, Sandra had two more fouls and a throw of 63.25 on her last, sixth attempt.
“My first throw slipped out of my hand, the second one was wild, and on the fourth attempt, water was dripping from the discus. This is not the reason. The season behind me has been full of challenges, I have survived them all and come here. I didn’t succeed, but Paris 2024 will be different. No cycle is finished like this and neither will be mine”, Sandra said right after the end of competition.
US thrower Valarie Allman, who threw the winning distance of 68.98 already on her first attempt, won Olympic gold. Germany’s Kristin Pudenz won silver with her personal best of 66.86 on her fifth attempt, while the current world champion Yaime Perez won bronze with a throw of 65.72 metres on her first attempt.
We could see all three medallists compete at the Boris Hanžeković Memorial in the past years.
Croatian record holder and nine-time winner of the Boris Hanžeković Memorial will have another opportunity to win her third Olympic gold in Paris in three years. Until then, we will look forward to her each appearance at our meeting and her new records.