Campbell nets sixth-place finish in Olympic hammer

ambercampbellactionFormer Coastal Carolina All-American and Myrtle Beach resident Amber Campbell posted her best showing ever at the Summer Olympics, finishing sixth place in Monday’s finals of the women’s hammer throw in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It was the highest finish in the hammer throw by a US woman in Olympic history.

The best of Campbell’s six throws on the day traveled 72.74 meters – only 1.8 meters behind the bronze medal mark set by Sophie Hitchon of Great Britain.

Poland’s Anita Wiodarczyk took the gold with a world-record throw of 82.29 meters, and China’s Zhang Wienxiu captured the silver with a toss of 76.75.

Competing in her third Olympics, Campbell reached the final round for the first time by qualifying eighth in the prelims. Her qualifying toss of 73.09 meters is the best toss in Olympic history for an American woman.

Photo courtesy of Paul Scheuer Photography

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