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Hammer at Hayward sees women’s meet record broken four times over on Day 6 of Olympic Trials

7/6/2016
 

EUGENE, OREGON -- Saving their best for last, the trio of Amber Campbell (Indianapolis), Gwen Berry (St. Louis, Missouri) and DeAnna Price (Moscow Mills, Missouri) utilized their last two rounds of throws to qualify for Team USA in the women’s hammer throw on Wednesday at Hayward Field.


Campbell made her third Olympic Team, while Berry and Price recorded season and personal bests, respectively, en route to becoming first-time Olympians.


Campbell throws meet record twice to make third Olympic Team

It was a back-and-forth affair between the top trio and 2012 Olympian, American record holder Amanda Bingson (Las Vegas, Nevada). The Olympic Trials record of 71.80m/235-6 set in 2012 by Campbell became a target in the final three rounds and was bettered four times.


Price established the early lead with a 71.66m/235-1 in the opening round. Campbell claimed the lead and broke her own meet record with a 72.02m/236-6 in round four. Then Berry hit a mark of 72.04m/236-4 in the fifth stanza to grab the lead and meet record. It was quickly overtaken by Price on the very next throw as she reached a distance of 73.09m/239-9, a new personal best.


In the sixth round Bingson improved to 70.30m/230-8, but was unable to break into the top three positions. Campbell, meanwhile, went into the lead once more with an impressive throw of 74.03m/242-10, which now serves as the American leader for 2016. Berry responded with a 73.09m/239-9 that matched Price’s best effort and was a season’s best toss for Berry. A better second mark of 72.04m/236-4 pushed Berry into second place.


Winkler a surprise winner after NCAA runner-up finish

Cornell’s Rudy Winkler (Sand Lake, New York), the 2016 NCAA runner-up, surprised the field with a fourth round 76.76m/251-10 to move from fourth to first place. Kibwe Johnson (Suwanee, Georgia), the defending Olympic Trials champion who placed ninth in London Olympics, finished second with a toss of 75.11m/246-5. Claiming the third position was Conor McCullough (Canoga Park, California) with a 74.16m/243-4.


Three-time Olympian A.G. Kruger (Sheldon, Iowa) finished fourth at 73.31m/240-6, and was the U.S. leader with a 75.32m/247-1 coming into the Olympic Trials. Johnson, meanwhile, has the top American mark in the Olympic Games qualifying window with a 76.95m/252-5.


Track & field events continue July 7 and run through July 10 at Hayward Field in Eugene. The NBC family of networks will be broadcasting action from the Olympic Trials live on NBC, NBCSN and NBC Sports Live Extra. USATF.TV will then air The Cool Down live from Hayward Field each day after the end of the NBC broadcasts. Fans can follow along with the U.S Olympic Trials - Track & Field on social media by using #TrackTown16 on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.


#TrackTown16 TV/Webcast Schedule

Day

Time (ET)

Network

Key Events

Thurs, July 7

6:30-8 p.m.

Live Extra

Women’s 5000m | STREAM

 

8-11 p.m.

NBCSN

Women’s steeplechase, shot put | STREAM

Fri, July 8

6-8 p.m.

NBCSN

Men’s discus | STREAM

 

8-9 p.m.

NBC

100m hurdles, Men’s steeple | STREAM

Sat, July 9

6:30-8 p.m.

Live Extra

Men’s triple jump | STREAM

 

8-9 p.m.

NBC

110m hurdles, Men’s 200m, 5000m | STREAM

Sun, July 10

4:45-6 p.m.

Live Extra

Women’s pole vault | STREAM

 

7-8:30 p.m.

NBC

1500m, Women’s 200m | STREAM



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