BERLIN Ė Croatian disc thrower Sandra Perkovic, double Olympic and world champion, made history on Saturday by securing her fifth European title with a 67.62-meter throw.
No other person has achieved five titles in the history of the European Championships since they were inaugurated 25 years ago.
Perkovic won the competitions that took place in Barcelona, Helsinki, Zurich and Amsterdam, and nobody was close to beating her Saturday in the Olympiastadion in Berlin.
Perkovicís nearest competitor was Nadine Muller, from Germany, who won silver with a 63-meter throw, while Mullerís fellow countrywoman Shanice Kraft won bronze throwing 62.46 meters.
Perkovic, who is also a member of the Croatian Parliament, held a strong lead in the European Championships with a 71.38-meter throw, nearly six meters ahead of her closest rival, Claudine Vita (65.15 meters), a 21-year-old German thrower of Angolan origin who came fourth Saturday with a 61.25-meter throw.