Dani Samuels was also extraordinary, placing sixth in the women’s discus throw final to record her second best ever performance at a major international championship, excluding the Commonwealth Games.
Opening her account with an uncharacteristically short 53.65m, Samuels recovered with her second and third efforts to throw 62.90m and 62.58m. This ensured a further three throws as an athlete among the top-eight. A 63.08m throw followed, before her best mark of 63.14m in the fourth round and back-to-back distances of 61.48m and 62.31m to close her campaign.
The gold medal was won by Denia Caballero, who threw a massive 69.28m in the first round to take an unmatchable lead. Sandra Perkovic, the 2013 champion, won silver with a throw of 67.39m and Nadine Muller claimed the bronze.
Rounding out the Australian Flame action on day four was Anneliese Rubie, with the 23-year-old starting in the semi-final of the women’s 400m after becoming the fastest Australian woman since 2009 in the heat yesterday.
Starting in lane two, Rubie clocked 52.04, her second quickest ever time. She won’t progress to the final, but now shifts her attention to the women’s 4x400m relay where she will start alongside Lauren Wells, Morgan Mitchell, Jess Gulli and Lyndsay Pekin.
The world’s best athletes return to the Bird’s Nest today for day five of competition.
Australian Flame starters Nicholas Hough, Brett Robinson and Collis Birmingham will don the green and gold in the morning session, before Ella Nelson and national record holder Alana Boyd compete later in the day.
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