Anita Márton wins Hungary’s first-ever world championship gold medal in track and field
Anita Márton became Hungary’s first-ever track and field World Champion, taking the shot-put title from China’s champion, Gong Lijiao. Márton put a winning shot of 19.62m in the third round
According to IAAF, Márton was already a two-time European indoor champion, when she claimed the new title of word champion for Hungary. Márton said she had been dreaming about this moment since the 2016 Olympics. “I had a lot of people cheering for me in the crowd. The atmosphere was amazing.”
The 29-year-old from Szeged, Hungary won a bronze medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics and took to Birmingham, United Kingdom this past Friday to claim gold and the title.
“That was one huge throw. Well done, Anita Márton! Congratulations,” said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán via Facebook, later Friday evening.
In an interview with Nemzeti Sport, Márton said her aims were to do her best and improve her national record. Márton also said that winning the world title would be a great accomplishment in the lead up to the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2020.