Former Saluki Jeneva McCall, the first American woman to ever medal in the hammer throw at an international meet.
July 10, 2013
By Tyler Wooten
KAZAN, Russia -- Former Saluki Jeneva McCall became the first American woman in history to medal in the hammer throw at an international meet after winning the gold medal at the World University Games Wednesday morning.
McCall, a three-time NCAA Champion, won the hammer throw with a mark of 73.75m (241-10) to clinch a huge upset victory over current hammer throw world-leader Oxana Kondratyeva of Russia -- the world dominator in the throwing events who have never lost to an American woman.
She becomes the first American woman in history to medal in the hammer throw at any international competition, the first American woman ever to win the hammer throw at the World University Games and the first American of either gender to win the hammer at the games since Ken Flax in 1991.
McCall and 100 meter dash gold medalist Aurieyall Scott (University of Central Florida sprinter and sister of current Saluki freshman Alexus Scott) also became the first Americans to medal on Russian soil in a championship event since President Jimmy Carter's boycott of the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympic Games. This is the first championship multi-sport event in Russia that the United States have sent athletes to since the boycott.
Earlier this morning (1 a.m. CST) McCall also competed in the shot put, where she qualified for finals on Thursday with a mark of 16.99m (55-07.50), finishing third in her heat and ninth overall. Former Indiana State Sycamore Felisha Johnson finished with the top qualifying mark.