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England's Shaw takes hammer gold with new record


Lorraine Shaw smashes Commonwealth record in front of full house at Manchester.

Lorraine Shaw

Lorraine Shaw's on top of the world as she celebrates gold for England

Lorraine Shaw has won England's first gold of the Games with a superb display of hammer throwing.

Shaw, aged 34, rewrote Commonwealth records with a throw of 66.83 metres in the third round. The throw broke the previous record by 2.27 metres.

The new record holder was ecstatic with her gold medal position: ďItís absolutely wicked. Iím on top of the world. My family watched me win and the crowd were brilliant. They were behind me 100 per cent. It was also my coachís first gold medal in the sport after more than 25 years. I broke the Games record, so no-one could ask more of me. The last time it was silver so it means a lot."

Shaw was pushed throughout the contest by Australia's Bronwyn Eagles, who finally had to accept second place, recording a best of 65.24m before her rival's Games record.

Eagles said afterwards: ďThat was probably one of the worst competitions Iíve had this year and probably one of the worst preparations. Iím happy with the silver. It doesnít go with my complexion, but in four years time Iíll be back to get the gold.Ē

Karyne di Marco took the bronze medal.

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