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Winger’s Pan Am gold earns her USATF Athlete of the Week honors


INDIANAPOLIS -- Kara Winger (Colorado Springs, Colorado) won the women’s javelin at the Pan American Games to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Winger, who was the silver medalist at the 2015 Games in Toronto, had the fifth-best throw in U.S. history in round two with a 64.92/213-0. The American record-holder at 66.67/218-8, Winger now has the six best throws ever by an American. All six of her throws in Lima were beyond 200 feet, including three better than 205 feet, a distance only she and three other U.S. women have ever achieved. Winger is now ranked seventh on the 2019 world list.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Chris Nilsen — Nilsen won Pan Am gold in the men’s pole vault with a clearance at 5.76/18-10.75.

Omar Craddock — Craddock won the men’s triple jump at the Pan Am Games with a fifth-round leap of 17.42/57-2.

Gwen Berry — Berry was the Pan Am champion in the women’s hammer throw with a best of 74.62/244-10.

Mike Rodgers — Rodgers won the men’s 100 at the Pan Am Games in 10.09 and added a bronze as the anchor on the 4x100 relay.

Nikki Hiltz — Hiltz won the women’s 1,500 meters in Lima with a time of 4:07.14.

Helen Schlachtenhaufen — Schlachtenhaufen set a personal best of 4:03.59 to win the Brave Like Gabe women’s 1,500 at the Ed Murphey Classic in Memphis.

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; June 12, Sha’Carri Richardson; June 19, Kayla Davis; June 26, Jordan Gray; July 3, Will Claye; July 10, Noah Lyles; July 17, Florence Meiler; July 24, Matthew Boling; July 31, Dalilah Muhammad; August 7, Cory McGee; August 14, Kara Winger.


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