Rogers Makes Canadian History At Worlds
EUGENE, OREGON – The first Canadian women's hammer world medalist?
Try the first Canadian women's field event world medalist.
That honor belongs solely to California track & field's Camryn Rogers, who launched the hammer 75.52m (247-9) on her third throw of the World Athletics Championships final on Sunday to clinch the silver medal and write her name on another page in the Canadian record books.
"It was definitely a goal that Coach Mo (Saatara) and I had, to chase the podium," said Rogers. "To come here and execute, to get the job done when it counts the most… this medal is a culmination of everything that we've worked for this entire season and the years leading up to now."
Rogers led the field after the first three throws, having already posted what would be her best mark of the day, but current world leader Brooke Andersen (USA) took the lead on throw No. 4 and never relinquished it, finishing with a best mark of 78.96m (259-0). The second-place finish by Rogers was the highest-ever by a Cal athlete in any event at the World Championships.
Much has been said in international media of the close bond between Rogers and her mother Shari, who attends as many of her competitions as she possibly can – including the 2022 World Championships – with her fiancé Jonnard. "My parents inspire me every day just by being the best people on this planet," Rogers said with a fond smile. "I'm so proud to have done this for them. Of course, I'm representing my country and representing Cal and the training program that Coach Mo and I have, but I'm also representing my parents, my family."
Although they had plenty of excuses to go and celebrate, Rogers and her parents stayed at Hayward Field for the rest of the day to cheer on Cal's other Worlds competitor, who competed in Day Three's evening session. Mykolas Alekna, still just 19 years old and competing for his native Lithuania, needed just two throws to qualify for Tuesday's final in the men's discus. He followed up his first toss of 65.78m (215-9) with a massive throw of 68.91m (226-1), well surpassing the 66-meter mark needed for an automatic qualification – and breaking the World Athletics Championships qualifier record set by his own father, Virgilijus Alekna, in 2005.
"Mykolas did a great job today – qualifying for the final was very impressive work," said Assistant Coach Mohamad Saatara, who is supporting Alekna at the Championships along with his Lithuanian coach Mantas Jusis. "He's prepared very well – his training has been exceptional. He just keeps building up and building up. I think being in the meet with these guys, who are some of the best throwers ever, it's just amazing. He'll take as much advantage of that as he can to show what he can do."
Other automatic qualifiers on Sunday included world No. 2 Kristjan Čeh (Slovenia, 68.23m/223-10), world No. 7 Simon Pettersson (Sweden, 68.11m/223-5), world No. 8 Matthew Denny (Australia, 66.98m/219-9), world No. 4 Andrius Gudžius (Lithuania, 66.60m/218-6) and world No. 5 Lukas Weißhaidinger (Austria, 66.51m/218-2).
Men's Discus Final (July 19, 6:33 p.m. PT)
-Mykolas Alekna (Lithuania)
-Kristjan Čeh (Slovenia)
-Simon Pettersson (Sweden)
-Matthew Denny (Australia)
-Andrius Gudžius (Lithuania)
-Lukas Weißhaidinger (Austria)
-Daniel Ståhl (Sweden)
-Sam Mattis (USA)
-Alin Alexandru Firfirica (Romania)
-Fedrick Dacres (Jamaica)
-Traves Smikle (Jamaica)
-Alex Rose (Samoa)
Women's Hammer Final Results
- Brooke Andersen (USA) 78.96m/259-0
- Camryn Rogers (Canada) 75.52m/247-9
- Janee' Kassanovoid (USA) 74.86m/245-7
- Sara Fantini (Italy) 73.18m/240-1
- Jillian Weir (Canada) 72.41m/236-8
- Bianca Florentina Ghelber (Romania) 72.26m/237-1
- Silja Kosonen (Finland) 70.81m/232-3
- Na Luo (China) 70.42m/231-0
- Grete Ahlberg (Sweden) 70.11m/230-0
- Krista Tervo (Finland) 69.04m/226-6
- Hanna Skydan (Azerbaijan) 69.01m/226-5
- Annette Nneka Echikunwoke (USA) 68.12m/223-6