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Andersen’s hammer world lead wins her USATF Athlete of the Week


Brooke Andersen (Manhattan, Kansas) moved to third on the all-time U.S. women’s hammer list to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Andersen won the Iron Wood Throws Classic at Rathdrum, Idaho, with a best of 76.75m/251-9, the farthest throw in the world this year and the eighth-farthest performance in American history. The NCAA runner-up the past two years for Northern Arizona, Andersen was third at the USATF Outdoors in 2018 and finished sixth in the 20-pound weight throw at the USATF Indoors in February. Her series at Rathdrum included a 76.33m/250-5 in the final round that ranks as the 10th-best throw in U.S. history, and she is behind only DeAnna Price and Gwen Berry on the all-time American performer list.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Brad Barton - Barton, 53, broke the world men’s 50-55 mile record with a 4:19.59 at the Music City Distance Carnival in Nashville.

Kara Winger — Winger won the women’s javelin at Halle, Germany, meeting the Doha ’19 standard with her season-best 62.08m/203-8 throw.

Solomon Simmons — Simmons climbed atop the U.S. decathlon list with his 8,139 score in winning the Texas Greatest Athlete meet at Dallas.

Michael Norman — Norman easily won the men’s 400m at the Stockholm Diamond League meet in 44.53, finishing more than a half-second ahead of runner-up Rai Benjamin.

Ajee’ Wilson — Wilson was also an easy winner at Stockholm, taking the 800m in 2:00.87.

Keni Harrison — Harrison led a 1-2 American finish in the 100m hurdles at Stockholm, winning in 12.52 in cold, wet conditions ahead of Sharika Nelvis’s 12.69 season best.

Sam Kendricks — Kendricks cleared 5.72m/18-9.25 to win the Stockholm DL pole vault in adverse conditions.

Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser; May 1, Emily Sisson; May 8, Kayla White; May 15, Parker Stinson; May 22, Kenny Bednarek; May 29, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 6, Brooke Andersen.


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