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Felke Takes Back Javelin Record

July 30, 1987

East German athlete Petra Felke set a world record of 258 feet 10 inches in the women's javelin throw Wednesday at the East German sports festival in Leipzig.

Felke's throw bettered the previous record of 254-1 set by Britain's Fatima Whitbread in the European meet at Stuttgart, West Germany, Aug. 28, 1986.

Felke had held the record since June 1985, until Whitbread's performance.

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