Two former Salukis head to Moscow for the 14th IAAF World Championships

    Bianca Stuart owns the Bahamian national record in the long jump (6.81m, 2011).

    Bianca Stuart owns the Bahamian national record in the long jump (6.81m, 2011).

    Aug. 9, 2013

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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    MOSCOW -- Two former Salukis -- Bahamian long jumper Bianca Stuart (2005-2009) and recent hammer throw gold medalist Jeneva McCall (2008-12) -- will make the trip to Moscow for the 14th IAAF World Championships, which begins on Saturday.

    The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) holds the World Championships every two non-Olympic years, with the first meet occurring in Helsinki in 1983. The United States holds a demanding lead in the total medal count with 275, including 132 gold medals.

    Stuart -- a two-time All-American, a 2012 Olympian at the London Summer Games and the outdoor national record holder in the long jump in the Bahamas -- owns ten medals in international and professional competition (including two gold medals), but her only trip to the World Championships in 2011 yielded a 17th-place finish. Stuart currently ranks tied for 22nd in the world in the long jump in 2013 at 6.73m (22-01.00).

    This is the second international meet in the last month for McCall, a three-time NCAA champion who in July became the first American woman to ever medal in the hammer throw in international competition with her gold medal victory at the World University Games. The 13-time All-American currently ranks 11th in the world and second in the U.S. in the hammer throw at 74.00m (242-09).

     

     

    If McCall were to repeat her historic performance last month and medal, she would become the first American of either gender to medal in the hammer throw at the World Championships. The highest finish for an American in the event was fifth by Lance Deal (1995), and the highest for an American woman is seventh (Anna Mahon, 2003; Jessica Cosby, 2009).

    Stuart will compete in the long jump prelims at 10:20 a.m. CDT (7:20 p.m. local time) on Saturday, and McCall will compete in the hammer throw prelims at 2:10 a.m. CDT (11:10 a.m. local time) on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

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