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Tuesday, August 16, 2022

American dominance of hammer throwers in world championships

Eugene, Or. ( Associated Press) — Hammer throwers Brooke Andersen and Jenny’ Kasnavoid extended America’s roll on home turf on Sunday, a day after the U.S. sweep in the men’s 100 meters won gold and bronze medals at the world championships.

Anderson, 26, of California won the gold medal with a throw of 259 feet, 1/2 inch (78.96 m), beating Canada’s Cameron Rogers by more than 11 feet (3.3 m).

“I was looking across the field and I thought to myself, ‘I’m a world champion,'” Anderson said.

Kasnavoid won the bronze medal and gave American female throwers three medals in the first three days of the meet.

Minutes before scoring the men’s 100 on Saturday evening, Chase Alley became the first American woman To win the world title in shotput. Sweeping in men’s race Fred Carey, Marvin Bracey and Trayvon Bromell. It was ranked second 1-2-3 out of 100 in the world for Americans. Carl Lewis led the second in 1991.

Anderson is the second consecutive American world champion in hammer throw. DeAnna Price won in Qatar in 2019.

Through 2 1/2 days of action, the US led the medal tally with three golds and seven medals overall.

Other gold medals awarded during Sunday’s session went to Ethiopia’s Tamirat Tola in the marathon, Tola separated himself from the pack late and took 2 hours, 5 minutes, 36 seconds – a 1:08 victory over the country’s Mosinette Geremeau.

In the men’s 10,000, world record holder Joshua Cheptegi of Kenya defended his world title in 27:27.43. Stanley Mburu won the silver medal after stumbling on the first lap of the race and falling on the track.

Four more medals were won on Sunday night – in the women’s pole vault, 110 hurdles, men’s shot put and women’s 100 metres.

Jamaica’s Ellen Thompson-Hera, a two-time Olympic champion, was the favorite in the 100 and many thought she had a good chance of breaking the 34-year-old record held by Florence Griffith-Joyner by 10.49 seconds.

The last time Thompson-Hera competed in the final was in Hayward, two weeks after the Tokyo Olympics at the Prefontaine Classic. She clocked a time of 10.54 and joined Flo Joe as the only woman to break 10.6.

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