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Heidler out of hammer final

Heidler out of hammer final

Defending champion Betty Heidler failed to make the final of the hammer throw at the European championships, a major setback on the road to the Olympics.
Heidler won the 2007 world title and was runner-up in 2009 and 2011 and is considered a gold medal contender for the London Games.
She botched her qualifying on Friday though, finishing only ninth in her qualifying group and outside the top 12 overall with a throw of 65.06 meters. Her European record stands at 79.42.
She apologized to fans and said that `'at least I know now what I must not do during the Olympic Games."