At the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, the US had two female hammer throw finalists for the first time in World Championship history. Jessica Cosby placed seventh and Amber Campbell placed eleventh. In 2011, both throwers have once again qualified for the world championships and have both improved their personal bests this year.
Cosby and Campbell currently rank 10th and 11th in the world with bests 72.65 and 72.59 meters respectively. With the American record at just 73.87 meters, a good performance by either athlete will challenge the mark set by Erin Gilreath back in 2005. A third american, Jeneva McCall, also joins Cosby and Campbell in Daegu. The 21-year old from Southern Illinois University placed second at the NCAA Championships and threw a personal best of 69.55 meters after the US Championships to earn a spot on the team.
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