With a whopping 77.54m effort, DeAnna Price became the first American to ever win a world championships medal in the hammer throw—and she set the gold standard.
Price's winning toss capped a tremendous series at the 2019 IAAF World Championships final that saw her open up with a 76.87m effort that clinched her victory before she improved upon that distance on her third attempt.
Her performance also marks the first time an American woman has ever won a throwing title at the world championships.
The 26-year-old reset her own American record earlier this season when she won her third national title the USATF Outdoor Championships with the fourth-best hammer throw in history (78.24m).
Price's journey has seen her gradually improve her placings among global competition, but this will be her first time on the podium. She finished tenth at the 2015 IAAF World Championships, eighth at the 2016 Olympic Games, ninth at her last world championships appearance in 2017, and sixth at last year's Athletics World Cup.
In an ebullient post-competition interview, she noted she wasn't even sure if she could compete earlier this year due to injury, and struggled to throw further than 70m in practice.
Joanna Fiodorow of Poland finished runner-up with a 76.35m PR and Zheng Wang of China took bronze (74.76m).
Price's countrywoman, Gwen Berry, unfortunately fouled out.
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