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Rio 2016 Olympics Croatia's Kolak wins women's javelin gold, South Africa takes silver

The 21-year-old Croat set a personal best and a national record with her fourth attempt of 66.18 metres.

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Athletics - Women's Javelin Throw Final play Sunette Viljoen (RSA) of South Africa competes. (REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Croatian Sara Kolak won the Olympic women's javelin final on Thursday, dashing Czech Barbora Spotakova's dreams of becoming the first woman to win three consecutive gold medals in the same individual athletics event.

The 21-year-old Croat set a personal best and a national record with her fourth attempt of 66.18 metres.

Kolak, who also broke the national record in the qualifying rounds, secured victory ahead of South Africa's Sunette Viljoen with a gold-winning throw of 1.26m.

Kolak won bronze at the European championships but few expected her to challenge for honours before the Games in an event where the focus was on Spotakova's attempt to make history.

But the 35-year-old winner of London and Beijing Games had to settle for bronze with a best throw of 64.80m.

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