Jeneva McCall advances to hammer throw final at IAAF World Championships

    Former Saluki Jeneva McCall, the first American woman to ever medal in the hammer throw at an international meet.

    Former Saluki Jeneva McCall, the first American woman to ever medal in the hammer throw at an international meet.

    Aug 14, 2013

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    By Tyler Wooten
    SIUSalukis.com

    MOSCOW -- Former Saluki Jeneva McCall qualified for finals Wednesday morning in the hammer throw prelims at the IAAF World Championships, where she landed the 12th and final qualifying spot with her best throw of 70.47 meters.

    McCall had to throw in Flight A, which competed shortly after a significant rainfall. She topped out on her first throw at 70.47m, fouled on her second and threw 69.14m on her final attempt, finishing fifth overall in her flight.

    In all, there will be 12 competitors in the final, including fellow American and 2013 USA champion Amanda Bingson and seven of world's top-ten ranked hammer throwers. World record holder Betty Heidler of Germany missed out on the finals six spots behind McCall, who sits ranked 11th in the world and second in the U.S. in the event (74.00m).

    McCall -- a 13-time All-American and three-time NCAA champion with the Salukis -- is trying to win back-to-back hammer throw gold medals after becoming the first American woman to ever medal in the event in international competition after her victory at the World University Games in July.

    If she were to repeat as a medalist, McCall 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).

     

     

    The hammer throw finals will take place Friday at 10 a.m. CDT (7 p.m. local time).
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