DeAnna Price only needed one good throw to make her second Olympic team, but Price – the 2019 hammer throw world champion – went above and beyond at U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials on Saturday afternoon.
Of Price’s six attempts in the women’s hammer final, five would have been good enough for first place. (The outlier – her fourth throw – was a foul.)
On her first throw of the final, she improved her own Olympic Trials record (77.82 meters).
She broke her own American record on her third attempt (79.98 meters), and then broke it again on her fifth throw (80.31).
With that mark, she became the second woman to ever throw over 80 meters.
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The other woman to achieve that feat is two-time Olympic gold medalist and four-time world champion Anita Wlodarczyk of Poland. Włodarczyk, who was coming back from knee surgery when Price won her 2019 world title, has hit the 80-meter mark seven times in her career (most recently in 2017). Her world record – 82.98 meters – has stood since 2016.
Brooke Andersen finished second (77.72m) and Gwen Berry placed third (73.50) to round out the U.S. Olympic women’s hammer team.
Price, Anderson, and Berry currently rank first, second, and third in the world in 2021.
The U.S. has never finished better than sixth in women’s hammer, an event that debuted at the 2000 Sydney Games. At this summer’s Tokyo Olympics, Price will be favored to become the first American woman to ever win a hammer throw medal, and it’s certainly possible that she will be joined on the podium by Anderson and/or Berry.
On the men’s side, the last American to win a medal is Lance Deal (silver, 1996), while the last gold medal was earned by Harold Connolly in 1956.
Price, who hails from Missouri – made her Olympic debut at the 2016 Rio Games, placing eighth. Berry will also be competing at her second Olympics (she placed 14th in Rio), while Anderson will be making her Olympic debut in Tokyo.
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