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U.S. shines in hammer throw at U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials - Track & Field

MIRAMAR -- United States young athletes finished with five of the top six weight throw podium spots on the first day of U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials - Track & Field at the Ansin Sports Complex in Miramar, Fla., Friday.

The two-day selection event features 16- and 17-year-olds from the U.S., Canada, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua and Puerto Rico, all vying for nomination to the Team for the Americas, which will compete at the 2014 Youth Olympic Games in Nanjing, China, Aug. 16-28.

Kenneth Brinson, Jr., Tyler Merkley and Charles Whitener made a U.S. sweep on the men’s podium as Brinson won by over three feet, throwing for 63.52m/208-05. 

“It was a good day,” Brinson said. “I’m glad I won, and I’m grateful to be able to compete at a venue like this. I knew Adam Kelly (USA) was really good, and I was just trying to do my best and see what happens. I was pretty consistent throughout, except for that one foul.”

Merkley took the silver with his best toss of the day of 62.54m/205-02, and Charles Whitener won the bronze with his mark of 57.65m/189-02.

Haley Showalter (USA) dominated the women’s event, claiming the gold by over 17 feet with a throw of 63.29m/209-08. Chanell Botsis (CAN) threw 58.71m/192-07 for silver and Kamryn Brinson (USA) earned bronze with her toss of 56.32m/184-09.

The Youth Olympic Trials consist of 32 total disciplines with 16 events each for young women and young men. The event also serves as a qualifying competition for athlete nomination by USATF to the NACAC-Consudatle Selection Committee, which ultimately selects the 131-member Youth Olympic Team for the Americas.

U.S. Area Youth Olympic Selection Trials - Track & Field continue Saturday, April 5 at 7:15 a.m.

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There will be a total of three Americas Team Area Youth Olympic Trials - Track & Field events, featuring the first at Miramar in the U.S., one in the Caribbean and another in South America. U.S. Athletes may only compete in the U.S. event as nominations for the Americas Youth Olympic Team are determined following the third and final trials event.

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