Wlodarczyk to have surgery after thwarting thief

Wlodarczyk holds the hammer world record of 82.98m

Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk says she will have surgery on an injury sustained while apprehending a thief who broke into her car.

Wlodarczyk, 36, won gold in the hammer in Tokyo last year to capture a third Olympic track and field title in the same event.

“I single-handedly apprehended the thief and handed him over to the police,” she wrote on Twitter.external-link

“Unfortunately I paid for it with a muscle injury. Surgery on Monday.”

She thanked Polish police for their “quick intervention” as she also posted a picture standing next to her car.

Wlodarczyk will be hoping to be fit for the World Championships in Oregon in July, where she will be attempting to win a fifth world title.

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