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Discus thrower Čeh wins gold at World Athletics Championships

Eugene, 20 July - Discus thrower Kristijan Čeh won the gold medal at the World Athletics Championships in Eugene, US on Tuesday, with a throw of 71.13 metres. This is only the second gold at world championships in track and field for Slovenia ever, and the sixth medal overall.

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Slovenian discus thrower Kristjan Čeh.
Photo: Anže Malovrh/STA

The 23-year-old from Ptuj is the second winner of the gold medal at world championships in athletics for Slovenia after Primož Kozmus in the men's hammer throw in Berlin in 2009.

"After the second throw, which was over 69 m, I said to myself that I must not lose a medal, of whatever colour. I set the goal before the competition to throw over 70 m and the championships record. I threw over 71 m, and then I wanted more. But it didn't work," Čeh, wrapped up in a Slovenian flag, told reporters.

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