Campbell qualifies for finals at 2016 Summer Olympics

ambercampbellmugThe third time proved to be an Olympic charm for Myrtle Beach resident and CCU alumnus Amber Campbell, who qualified for the finals of the Women’s Hammer Throw on Friday at the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Competing in her third Olympics, Campbell will finally get to experience the opportunity to win an Olympic medal when the finals are held Monday. She failed to reach the final round in Beijing and London.

Despite two of her throws being disallowed, Campbell qualified eighth among the 12 throwers to advance with a toss of 71.09 meters, less than a foot ahead of fellow Team USA member DeAnna Price, and exactly one meter ahead of the 12th and final qualifier. Poland’s Anita Wiodarczyk had the best throw of the day at 76.93 meters, more than three meters farther than the second-place thrower.

Campbell, a former All-American and CCU Hall of Famer, set a personal and US Olympic Trials record last month with a distance of 74.03 meters. Campbell is a three-time USATF Outdoor champion and six-time USA Indoor champion. She was a five-time NCAA All-American while at CCU.

Photo courtesy of Paul Scheuer Photography

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