Bingson Finishes 10th At World Championships
Aug 16, 2013
MOSCOW (UNLVRebels.com) - UNLV alumna Amanda Bingson closed out her stay at the 2013 IAAF World Championships with a 10th-place finish in the hammer throw final held at Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Friday. Bingson, who faulted on her first and third attempts, connected on her second toss for a measurement of 72.56 meters (238-0).
In only her second year competing at the international level, Bingson improved 18 spots in the standings from last year's appearance at the London Olympics - 28th overall - compared to Friday's finish in Russia's capital city.
Four of the 12 participants in Friday's hammer throw finale were sixth or better in London last summer. Russia's Tatyana Lysenko and Poland's Anita Wlodarczyk, who finished first and second overall, respectively, at the Summer Olympics, went 1-2 for the second straight year.
Both Lysenko and Wlodarczyk waited until their fourth attempts to uncork their best throws at the 14th installment of the World Championships. Lysenko's gold medal toss of 78.80 established a new championships benchmarks as well as going down as the second-best throw in women's hammer throw competition. Wlodarczyk, on the other hand, set a new national record of 78.46 for Poland en route to the silver medal.
China's Wenxiu Zhang, a four-place finisher in London, took home the bronze medal on Friday with a throw of 75.58m.
Three countries dominated the event with Russia having three top-10 finishers to a pair each from China and the United States. Bingson's teammate Jeneva McCall was ninth overall (72.65m).