Former Saluki takes eighth in women's hammer throw at Olympics
Southern Illinois University alumna DeAnna Price claimed eighth place in the women's hammer throw at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, reports siusalukis.com.
Price, who graduated earlier this year from SIU, made a throw of 232 feet, 9 inches for eighth place on Aug. 15.
She and Olympic teammate Amber Campbell, who was sixth at 238-7, became the first women from the United States to finish in the top eight in the event in 16 years. Price's showing is tied for third-best among American competitors in the event since 2000. Campbell's throw tops the chart for the American women.
Price is the seventh Saluki in history to finish in the top eight of an Olympic event.
Price's Olympic showing came shortly after she won the NCAA title in the hammer throw for the second time. While competing at the U.S. Olympic Trials, she qualified for the Olympics with a throw of 239-9, which is the farthest all-conditions throw in collegiate history.
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