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Gia Lewis-Smallwood

Gia Lewis-Smallwood

Event: Discus Throw
Height: 6-0
Weight: 210
PR: 67.59m/221-9 (2014)
Born: 04/01/1979
Current Residence: Champaign, Ill.
Hometown: Champaign, Ill.
High School: Centennial (Champaign, Ill.) H.S. '97
College: University of Illinois ‘01
Coach: Michael Turk
Agent: Valentina Fedjuschina
Sponsor: Nike
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USA Championships
Two-time USA Outdoor champion - 2013 (65.13m/213-8); 2014 (65.96m/216-5)
Third at 2011 USA Outdoors (60.53m/198-7)
2010 USA Outdoor runner-up (62.18m/204-0)
 
About Gia
Persistence paid off for Lewis-Smallwood, who in 2011 made her first international team after competing in the discus on the national level for 11 years. One year later she made her first Olympic team. Even though Lewis-Smallwood finished 6th at the U.S. Trials, she had the Olympic A standard necessary for a spot on Team USA's roster. She surpassed the A standard of 62 meters earlier in 2012 at the Wailuku Challenge. One year later, in 2013, Lewis-Smallwood broke through and claimed her first USA Outdoor Championship with a throw of 65.13m/213-8. The 2010 season was a breakthrough year for her, as she improved her PR by more than two meters, and won her first silver medal at the U.S. championships. Lewis works part-time at the YWCA and with the Parkland Community College volleyball team.
Results
2014:
 6th at Shanghai (59.24m/194-4); 3rd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (64.98m/213-2); 2nd in Oslo (65.77m/215-9); 1st at USA Outdoors (65.96m/216-5); 3rd place at Paris (65.59m/ 215-2); 1st at Glasgow (67.59m/221-9)
2013: 2nd at Brussels (64.82m/212-8); 5th at World Outdoors (64.23m/210-8); 3rd at Monaco (63.63m/208-9); 8th at Lausanne (60.24m/197-7); 2nd at Birmingham (62.46m/204-11); 1st at USA Outdoors (65.13m/213-8); 1st at Chicagoland (61.90m/203-1); 2nd at adidas Grand Prix (61.86/202-11); 1st at Kingston (62.41/204-9)
2012: 8th in qualifying round of Olympic Games (61.44m/201-7); 6th at Olympic Trials (58.78m/192-10); 5th at Pre Classic (61.77m/202-8);1st at Tucson Elite Classic (61.69m/202-4);3rd at Wailuku Challenge (63.97m/209-10); 1st at Missouri Relays (57.94m/190-1);
2011: 9th in Group “A” at World Outdoors (59.49m/195-2); 3rd at USA Outdoors (60.53m/198-7); 2nd at Maui Altius Throwdown (62.26m/204-3); 4th at Shanghai (60.64m/198-11).
2010: 2nd at USA Outdoors (62.18m/204-00); 1st Tucson Elite (62.75m/205-10).
2009: 6th at USA Outdoors (58.74m/192-08).
2008: Competed at Olympic Trials (no mark).
2006: 13th at USA Outdoors (49.95m/163-10).
2005: 20th at USA Outdoors (48.68m/166-10).
2004: 10th at Olympic Trials (56.28m/184-08).
2003: 9th at USA Outdoors (54.95m/180-03).
2001:11th at USA Outdoors (50.50m/165-08); 5th at NCAA Outdoor Championships; 1st Big Ten Champs (180.00).
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2014:
Outdoor bests - Discus, 67.59m/221-9
2013: Outdoor bests - Discus, 66.29m/217-6 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the World, No. 3 in the World by T&FN)
2012: Outdoor bests - discus, 63.97m/209-10 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 16 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN) 
2011: Outdoor bests – discus, 62.26m/204-3 (No. 5 in the USA, No. 25 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Outdoor bests – discus, 62.75m/205-10 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 14 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Outdoor bests – discus, 60.32m/197-10 (No. 6 in the USA by T&FN, No. 37 in the world)
2008: Outdoor bests – discus, 59.96m/196-8 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 42 in the world)
2007: Outdoor bests – discus, 51.10m/167-8
2006: Outdoor bests – discus, 49.95m/163-10
2005: Outdoor bests – discus, 50.85m/166-10
2004: Outdoor bests – discus, 57.88m/189-10 (No. 13 in the USA)
2003: Outdoor bests – discus, 54.95m/180-3 (No. 19 in the USA)
2002: Indoor bests – shot put, 13.09m/42-11.5; Outdoor bests – discus, 52.28m/171-6
2001: Indoor bests – shot put, 13.90m/45-7.25; Outdoor bests – discus, 57.76/189-6 (No. 6 in the USA)
2000: Outdoor bests – discus, 55.52m/182-2
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