Bingson Qualifies For Hammer Final At Worlds|
Aug 14, 2013
MOSCOW (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV alumna Amanda Bingson (2009-12) advanced to Friday's hammer throw final at the 2013 IAAF World Championships after she registered a distance of 71.90 meters (235-11) during Wednesday's group stage. Bingson, the current US record holder and 2013 national champion, stepped into the throwing ring of Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and connected on her first attempt to qualify for the finale.
The Las Vegas native was one of seven participants from group B to move on to the final, and they will be joined by five qualifiers from group A. Initially, her first throw placed her fifth overall, but three other competitors from her group managed to best her in one their final two attempts.
Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk sits first overall after throwing 76.18m, and she was one of six to automatically advance by reaching the 73.00m mark.
Bingson's personal-best toss came at the 2013 USA Outdoor Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, this past June. She broke the American record on her second attempt with a measurement of 74.92m (245-9) before she one-upped herself on her third throw -75.73m (248-5).
The final is slated to begin at 7:00 pm in Moscow (8:00 am PT).
Bingson is the second of two former Rebels to compete at the World Championships, as Christine Spence (2001-05) saw her stay in Russia's capital city come to a close with her 16th-place finish in the semifinals of the women's 400m hurdles on Tuesday.