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Icelandic Javelin Thrower Misses Finals

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Icelandic Javelin Thrower Misses Finals

Ásdís Hjálmarsdóttir

Ásdís Hjálmarsdóttir at the Olympics. Photo: Screenshot from RÚV.

Icelandic javelin thrower Ásdís Hjálmarsdóttir did not make it to the final round of 12 contestants last night at the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, RÚV reports. Her longest throw was 54.92 meters, but her first and third throws were invalid. She ended up finishing 29th.

Her throw was well short of her best performance this year of 61.37 meters in Prague this summer. In order to make it to the finals, she would have had to do even better than that, since the last contestant to move on to the final threw 61.63 meters.

Maria Andrejczyk from Poland performed best of all, with a 67.11 meter throw.

Ásdís told RÚV, “Of course this is very disappointing. What’s both positive and negative about this is that the reason my throws were invalid is that I’m so terribly fresh and fast right now. I had to lengthen my run-up by 5 feet, but I was still too close to the line.”

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