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Parellis finishes 8th in discus final

Cypriot Apostolos Parellis finished 8th out of the 12 competitors

Cyprus star Apostolos Parellis finished eighth in the final of the men’s discus at the Rio Olympics on Saturday with a throw of 63.72 metres.

German Christoph Harting won gold with his last throw of the final to dramatically snatch the title from Piotr Malachowski and keep it safely in the family.

Harting’s brother Robert won the gold medal in London four years ago but failed to get through qualifying after suffering a back injury while trying to switch off a lamp with his foot from his bed.

That appeared to clear the way for the year’s form thrower Malachowski and the big Pole did not disappoint with long throws on his first three attempts that would have been good enough for gold until Harting’s final attempt of 68.37 metres.

Malachowski had a chance to get back in front with the last throw of the competition but could not surpass Harting or improve on his earlier 67.55, settling for silver ahead of German bronze medallist Daniel Jasinski.

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