Women's Track and Field Alumna Campbell To Compete in World Championship Hammer Throw Finals
Aug. 20, 2009
BERLIN, Germany – Former Coastal Carolina University track and field All-American and current volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell finished 10th in a field of 38 in the hammer throw in the qualification round at the 12th IAAF World Championship in Berlin, Germany.
She opened with a 68.48 -meter throw and improved to 70.54 -meter throw on her second attempt, good enough to put her through to the finals. It was her second-best career throw. The finals will be on Saturday, Aug. 22 and will be televised on NBC at 1:30 p.m. This is the first time she has advanced to the finals in a major international competition.
Campbell participated for Team USA in the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics where she placed 21st in the prelims of the hammer throw with a mark of 67.86 meters. She was the top American finisher in her event. She also is the current three-time defending national champion in the indoor weight throw.
Campbell was a five-time NCAA All-American and 16-time Big South Champion, holds the Coastal Carolina school records in the weight, indoor shot put, outdoor shot put, discus, and the hammer throws. She graduated as the All-Time American Collegiate record holder in the weight throw and the Co-American Collegiate record holder in the hammer throw.