Rogers Advances On First Throw
EUGENE, OREGON – Camryn Rogers only needed one throw to get the job done on Friday.
Rogers is one of two athletes from this year's California track & field team at the World Athletics Championships, the other being discus thrower Mykolas Alekna. Representing her native Canada, Rogers' first throw of the competition sailed 73.67m (241-8) – past the automatic qualification mark to put her into Sunday's final.
"We wanted to go and get the auto-qualify immediately to conserve energy for Sunday," said Rogers' personal coach (and Cal assistant coach) Mohamad Saatara. "Our training all year has been building to this championship. We drew from all of our experiences and arranged everything accordingly to be ready to perform on the world stage."
Other competitors that advanced to the final include world leader Brooke Andersen (USA – 74.37m/244-0), world No. 3 Janee' Kassanavoid (USA – 74.46m/244-3) and world No. 10 Krista Tervo (Finland – 73.83m/242-2), who all reached the automatic qualification mark along with Rogers. Eight other throwers rounded out the finals field of 12.
Rogers will take to the circle at 11:35 a.m. PT on July 17, aiming to become the first Canadian ever to win a hammer throw medal at the World Championships. Later that day, Alekna will enter the men's discus throw qualifying round – either in Group A (5:05 p.m.) or Group B (6:30 p.m.). Start lists will be announced on July 16.
Women's Hammer Final – July 17, 11:35 a.m. PT
-Janee' Kassanovoid (USA)
-Brooke Andersen (USA)
-Krista Tervo (Finland)
-Camryn Rogers (Canada)
-Annette Nneka Echikunwoke (USA)
-Sara Fantini (Italy)
-Silja Kosonen (Finland)
-Bianca Florentina Ghelber (Romania)
-Jillian Weir (Canada)
-Na Luo (China)
-Hanna Skydan (Azerbaijan)
-Grete Ahlberg (Sweden)