Photo by Don Fennell
Camryn Rogers put the hammer down Saturday at the IAAF Under-20 World Championships in Tampere, Finland.
The 19-year-old from Richmond stepped into the winner’s circle immediately, throwing a final-round best 64.90 metres with her opening throw to earn gold in the women’s hammer throw. The mark is just shy of her personal best throw of 65.61 metres set April 27 at theUniversity of California at Berkeley.
Rogers also needed only one attempt in the July 12 qualifying round to advance to Saturday’s championship round. Her first and only attempt resulted in a toss of 62.99 metres.
Having just completed her first year of an athletic scholarship to the University of California at Berkeley, the longtime member of the Richmond Kajaks Track and Field Club is one of Canada’s emerging track and field elite.
Rogers reached the top of the podium at last year’s Under-20 Pan-American Track and Field Championships in Trujillo, Peru with a meet-best mark of 63.42 metres.