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No. 3 - Gwen Berry breaks American hammer throw record

Former SIU thrower Gwen Berry, a 2017 inductee into the Saluki Hall of Fame, stands with the scoreboard from her record-breaking throw in the women's hammer Saturday. Berry broke the American record in the event with a toss of 76.77 meters.

Gwen Berry, a Saluki Hall of Fame thrower and volunteer assistant coach at the University of Mississippi, broke the American record in the women's hammer throw Saturday.

Berry, a 2016 Olympian in the event, threw the hammer 76.77 meters (251 feet, 10 inches) on her first attempt at the Ole Miss Classic. It broke the previous record, held by Amanda Bingson in 2013, by 1.04 meters and gave Berry the top throw in the world this year. She added tosses of 76.04, 74.81 and 72.27.

Former Saluki, and former Olympian, Deanna Price was second with a throw of 71.78 meters, and former Saluki Jeneva Stevens was fourth in the event at 69.36 meters.

"I was happy I got to throw it at my home field," Berry said in a press release from Ole Miss. "I had two weeks of pretty hard training and I just came out and did the best I could. It surprised everybody today, but it surprised me the most."

Former Saluki Josh Freeman broke the facility record in the men's shot put with a throw of 19.57 meters.

— Todd Hefferman




Sports reporter

Todd Hefferman has covered SIU athletics since 2008. A University of Iowa grad, he is a member of the U.S. Basketball Writers Association and a Heisman Trophy voter.

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