Sporting Digest: Athletics

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Russia's Olga Kuzenkova set a world record in the women's hammer yesterday when she threw 73.80mat a meet at Togliatti. Kuzenkova broke her previous world record of 73.10m set in Munich last June.

Denise Lewis' determination to be perfectly prepared for her assault on European Championship gold this summer forced her to pull out of a meeting in Loughborough yesterday. Heptathlete Lewis, the Olympic bronze medallist, opted to withdraw from the quadrangular tournament so she did not aggravate a niggling early season ankle injury.