USA Track & Field Olympic Trials Results: Wednesday’s Qualifiers

Kibwe Johnson London Summer Olympics

Kibwe Johnson has to wait and see if he’ll be headed to Rio (Getty)

Wednesday at the United States Track & Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon was a light one from a scheduling standpoint, with the men’s and women’s hammer throw being the lone events. Three competitors in the women’s hammer throw managed to qualify for Rio de Janeiro, but the men’s competitors will have an uneasy wait ahead of them.

Women’s Hammer Throw

Amber Campbell 2015 IAAF World Championships

Amber Campbell was one of three women who qualified for the Olympics in the women’s hammer throw (Getty)

With three spots on the United States Olympic Track & Field team on the line, Amber Campbell led the way with a throw of 74.03 meters on her final attempt of the day. Campbell, who fouled on all three of her attempts in the final round at the 2015 IAAF Outdoor World Track & Field Championships in Beijing last summer, will be making her third trip to the Olympics after earning trips in 2008 (Beijing) and 2012 (London). Campbell’s final throw Wednesday afternoon also represents a career best.

Joining Campbell in Rio de Janeiro will be Gwen Berry and DeAnna Price, with the best throw of both competitors being 73.09 meters. Price won back-to-back NCAA outdoor national titles in the hammer throw in 2015 and 2016, and like Berry she’ll be making her first-ever Olympic appearance next month. Berry, who also attended Southern Illinois, is the current American record-holder in the hammer throw, with a mark of 76.31 meters set in May.

1. Amber Campbell 74.03 meters
2. Gwen Berry 73.09m
3. DeAnna Price 73.09m
4. Amanda Bingson 70.30m
5. Heavin Warner 68.25m
6. Jeneva Stevens 67.86m
7. Aubrey Baxter 67.01m
8. Brooke Pleger 66.92m
9. Maggie Ewen 66.35m

Going to Rio: Amber Campbell, Gwen Berry, DeAnna Price

Men’s Hammer Throw

Kibwe Johnson 2011 Pan-American Games

Johnson, who won gold at the 2011 Pan-American Games in the hammer throw, finished second Wednesday (LUIS ACOSTA/AFP/Getty Images)

While Kibwe Johnson, who competed for the United States in London four years ago, posted the best throw in the preliminary round he was not on top by night’s end. That honor went to Cornell’s Rudy Winkler, who on his fourth attempt posted a distance of 76.76 meters. Winkler, who finished second at the NCAA Division I Outdoor National Championships last month, bested his previous career-long throw (75.10 meters) by more than a meter Wednesday.

Winkler was followed by Johnson and another Ivy League product in Conor McCullough, but with none of the competitors meeting the Olympic standard of 77.00 meters it remains to be seen if any of them will get to go to the Olympics. That will make for an uncomfortable wait for Winkler, Johnson and McCullough.

1. Rudy Winkler 76.76 meters
2. Kibwe Johnson 75.11m
3. Conor McCullough 74.16m
4. A.G. Kruger 73.31m
5. Andy Fryman 72.73m
6. Matthias Tayala 72.52
7. Colin Dunbar 72.31m
8. J.C. Lambert 69.10m
9. Sean Donnelly 68.96m

Complete results for these events can be found here.