Campbell wins U.S. Olympic Trial gold in hammer throw

Former Coastal Carolina standout and current Myrtle Beach resident Amber Campbell won the U.S. Olympic Trials’ women’s hammer throw on Sunday in Beaverton, OR.

Campbell took the lead after the first round with her throw of 69.48m/227-11, but three throws later she faded to fourth. Newcomer Amanda Bingson (Las Vegas, Nev.) jumped into the lead on her second throw, but Bingson still needed to throw the Olympic “A” standard of 71.50m to have a chance of representing Team USA at the London Olympic Games. Bingson did just that on her fourth attempt with a PR of 71.78m/235-6.

It was on her fifth throw that Campbell recorded the winning mark of 71.80m/235-6 to claim the title of U.S. Olympic Trials hammer champion. Campbell’s mark bettered Bingson’s best mark by only two centimeters, but it was enough to secure her place in the lead.

American record-holder Jessica Cosby (Mission Hills, Calif.) started the day in third place, and moved up as high as second place on her third and fourth attempts. However, once Campbell sent the hammer sailing past the 70-meter mark on her fifth attempt, Cosby moved back to third place with her best mark of 70.77m/232-2.

“I knew I needed a big throw going into the 5th round. As soon as I let it go and hit it I knew it would be a good throw,” Campbell said. “The energy was through the roof, everybody was into every throw, and I was excited about it.

The women’s hammer throw was one for the record books with all of the top-three women bettering the previous meet record of 70.72m. Campbell bettered the mark twice on her last two throws.

Campbell competed for the U.S. in the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and is now an early contender to lead the team in 2016.

“Goals are important to have,” she said. “I am always striving to reach the next level. I am honing in on my technique, making sure things are tight, and being a well-rounded athlete. There are really no limits if you let yourself get out of the way.”

Comments

comments

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State job

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State jobSocastee High alum Chris Lemonis will be named head baseball [more]

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestand

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestandThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader Sunday with the [more]

Local track athletes capture first at S.C. Junior Olympics

Local track athletes capture first at S.C. Junior OlympicsThe Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club played host to [more]

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospective

Native son Drew Brophy returns for art retrospectiveThe Myrtle Beach Art museum drew over a thousand folks [more]

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summer

Drew turns softball skills into memorable summerOlivia Drew was crying, and her mother, Brittany Drew, was [more]

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continue

Pelicans limited to one hit as offensive woes continueAlex Lange fired six excellent innings Thursday, but the Myrtle [more]

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silver

All-County Track & Field: Second shots strike silverThe frontrunners in this year's My Horry News All-County Girls [more]

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World Cup

Mutiny gives Strand fans small taste of World CupAmerican soccer fans don't have a rooting interest in this [more]

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streak

Pelicans open second half with eye on playoff streakThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans begin the second half of the [more]

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star Game

Pelicans help propel South to victory in All-Star GameA pair of Myrtle Beach Pelicans played key roles in [more]

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-South

NMB's Ballard, MB's Coble reconnect at North-SouthA pair of former teammates and rivals joined forces for [more]

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finale

Pelicans fail to finish .500 after losing first-half finaleThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans dropped their final game of the [more]

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squad

CCU's Biermann, Lancaster make All-American squadCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster and designated hitter Zach Biermann [more]

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny

Ibarrondo comes to rescue to rally first-place Mutiny The Myrtle Beach Mutiny needed a wake-up call late Saturday [more]

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale today

Pelicans split twinbill with Mudcats, play finale todayAfter the Myrtle Beach Pelicans fell 2-1 to the Carolina [more]

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader today

Pelicans lose fifth straight, play doubleheader todayVictor Diaz's seven strong innings for the Carolina Mudcats were [more]

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top list

All-County Boys Tennis: Johnson, MB duo top listThe future looks bright for the sport of high school [more]

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nod

Hess carves his way to Team USA surfing nodCarter Hess carved his way to a spot on the [more]

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect start

Pelicans' bullpen spoils Thompson's perfect startAfter Keegan Thompson was removed following seven perfect innings for [more]

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny win

Piggot feasts, scores four goals to lead Mutiny winThe Myrtle Beach Mutiny rolled to a 6-0 victory over [more]

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-American

CCU trio makes all-region; Lancaster an All-AmericanCoastal Carolina shortstop Seth Lancaster was named to the Perfect [more]

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans game

Braves' icons Avery, Jones to appear at Pelicans gameThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans will welcome former MLB All-Stars and [more]

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transfer

Coastal guard Labinowicz announces plan to transferCoastal Carolina University men's basketball player Artur Labinowicz plans to [more]

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoff

Report: Myrtle Beach Bowl 'near lock' for 2020 kickoffIn yet another development in the Grand Strand's booming sports [more]

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing Championship

Adaptive surfers depart for US Surfing ChampionshipLocal surfers, volunteers, and family members gathered at the Charleston [more]

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State job

Socastee alum Lemonis to take Mississippi State jobSocastee High alum Chris Lemonis will be named head baseball [more]

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestand

Birds split doubleheader, return to open homestandThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans split a doubleheader Sunday with the [more]

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2018 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach