U.S. Track Trials Sees Hammer Throw Record;
Campbell sets trials record, makes Olympics in hammer throw
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Amber Campbell qualified for the Olympics in hammer throw after a throw of 242 feet, 10 inches that set the record for the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials.
Joining her will be Gwen Berry and Deanna Price. Berry recently served a three-month doping ban for using a barred asthma medication.
Rudy Winkler won the men's competition but neither he nor anyone else in the field reached an Olympic qualifying standard.
Hammer throw was held at Hayward Field for the first time — instead of a location outside the stadium — and was the only action going on Wednesday at trials.
The trials resume in full force Thursday, with Justin Gatlin running in 200-meter qualifying along with three women's finals — in shot put, triple jump and steeplechase.
ATH-US TRACK TRIALS
Nothing new: Youth served at US Olympic track trials
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — The headlines say youth is being served on the U.S. Olympic track and field team.
The numbers say that's nothing new.
With the second half of Olympic track trials set to start Thursday, 35 of the 50 athletes who already have guaranteed themselves trips to Rio de Janeiro will be going to their first Olympics. That sort of turnover is pretty much the norm.
Data supplied by USA Track and Field shows an average of 53 percent turnover from year to year on the most recent world championship and Olympic teams, which award the same number of spots through the same qualifying process. When the gap is two years, the turnover rate is 60 percent.