TSX EXTRA – for June 23, 2018: The United States has been an afterthought in the hammer throw for more than 20 years and has never won an Olympic or World Championships medal in the women’s hammer.
So the sudden renaissance in the event this spring came as a surprise, capped by a stunning American Record from DeAnna Price at the USATf National Championships in Des Moines, Iowa.
She not only set her second American Record of the season, but won her first national title with a sensational fifth-round toss of 78.12 m (256-3), moving her to no. 4 on the all-time list and no. 1 on the world list for 2018!
One of her keys to success was staying cool, calm and collected and that was the key to big wins on Saturday from Matthew Centrowitz, Kenny Selmon, Sam Kendricks, a breakthrough victory for Shakima Wimbley and national titles for Keni Harrison and Vashti Cunningham.
There were also brilliant head-to-head duels between Jenny Simpson and Shelby Houlihan in the women’s 1,500 m and Emma Coburn and Courtney Frerichs in the women’s Steeple.
Who won? What happened? Were the marks good? Subscribers can check out the full story, with summaries of the events completed so far in this special, same-day issue.