Day 0 Recap: Hammer Time

The invasion began today with the hammer throw.  The first representatives of the United States were crowned this afternoon at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, OR as the men's and women's hammer throw kicked off the 2012 US Olympic Trials. The results of today's competition were insane as meet records were broken and personal bests were shattered left and right. As Jesse Squire mentioned in the Olympic Trials Hammer Time Preview, for the athletes that already hit the Olympic A standard prior to the Trials, another athlete would have to both beat them and hit that distance for them to not make the team. 


Starting with the women's hammer throw, the athletes to watch going into the competition were the three women who had already hit the Olympic A standard prior to the meet. Jessica Cosby (American record holder and four-time US champion), Amber Campbell (2010 US Champion), and Gwen Berry all broke the magical mark of 71.50.  The meet started with a dramatic statement by Cosby who broke the meet record by throwing a 70.72, but Amanda Bingson, a young college kid from UNLV stole her spotlight after an incredible throw of 71.22, a huge PR for the UNLV senior.  After a disappointing third place finish at NCAA's two weeks ago, it was redemption time for Bingson.  Later on, Bingson would throw another personal best and hit the Olympic A standard with a throw of 71.78 to secure her spot in the top three.  Campbell wouldn't give it to her though and came back with a PR of 71.80 and a new meet record, moving from 5th to first place.  The top three heading to London will be Amber Campbell, Amanda Bingson, and Jessica Cosby.  


Place Athlete Name Mark     Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6
 1 Amber Campbell
  Nike
71.80m 235-6   69.48m
227-11

Rnk: 1
69.11m
226-9

Rnk: 2
FOUL
66.40m
217-10

Rnk: 4
71.80m
235-6

Rnk: 1
71.56m
234-9

Rnk: 1
 2 Amanda Bingson
  U N L V
71.78m 235-6   67.07m
220-0

Rnk: 7
69.61m
228-4

Rnk: 1
71.22m
233-8

Rnk: 1
71.78m
235-6

Rnk: 1
FOUL
71.21m
233-7

Rnk: 2
 3 Jessica Cosby
  Nike
70.77m 232-2   68.75m
225-6

Rnk: 3
69.33m
227-5

Rnk: 3
70.77m
232-2

Rnk: 2
68.62m
225-1

Rnk: 2
65.50m
214-10

Rnk: 3
FOUL



The men's hammer throw proved to be a bit more predictable as A.G. Kruger and Kibwe
Johnson, the only athletes who had already hit the Olympic A standard going into the meet, finished in the top three.  The meet started with Kibwe Johnson establishing the lead early with a throw of 74.40, which was followed by Chris Cralle (unattached) and Johnson's teammate A.G. Kruger who's longest throw was a 73.55.  Both Johnson and Kruger will be the only athletes to represent the US in London because Cralle's throw hit the Olympic B standard but not the A standard.  


Place Athlete Name Mark     Rnd 1 Rnd 2 Rnd 3 Rnd 4 Rnd 5 Rnd 6
 1 Kibwe Johnson
  Nike/NYAC
74.97m 245-11   74.40m
244-1

Rnk: 1
73.70m
241-9

Rnk: 1
FOUL
72.60m
238-2

Rnk: 1
74.97m
245-11

Rnk: 1
FOUL
 2 Chris Cralle
  Unattached
74.36m 243-11   72.05m
236-4

Rnk: 4
74.35m
243-11

Rnk: 2
72.95m
239-4

Rnk: 2
72.20m
236-10

Rnk: 2
74.36m
243-11

Rnk: 2
73.96m
242-8

Rnk: 2
 3 AG Kruger
  Nike
73.93m 242-6   73.93m
242-6

Rnk: 2
FOUL
71.53m
234-8

Rnk: 3
73.37m
240-8

Rnk: 3
73.85m
242-3

Rnk: 3
72.29m
237-2

Rnk: 3




Be sure to check out all of the Day 1 Olympic Trials action on Flotrack starting with the men's 100m decathlon tomorrow at 1pm PT