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Recent SIU grad finishes eighth in hammer throw at Rio Olympics

Senior thrower DeAnna Price practices the hammer throw March 21, 2016 at the Lew Herzog Track and Field Complex. (DailyEgyptian.com file photo)

Senior thrower DeAnna Price practices the hammer throw March 21, 2016 at the Lew Herzog Track and Field Complex. (DailyEgyptian.com file photo)

A former SIU track and field athlete was a top-10 finisher in the world in the women’s hammer throw finals this morning during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

DeAnna Price, who graduated from SIU in May, finished off the podium in eighth place with her best throw of 70.95 meters after three attempts.

The throw came short of her personal best of 73.09 meters, the American college record.

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The Moscow Mills, Mo., qualified for the finals Friday after finishing fourth in her group, making the top 12 for her longest throw of 70.79 meters.

Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk took the gold medal in dominant fashion, breaking not only the Olympic record but her own world record with a throw of 82.29 meters. Silver medalist Zhang Wenxiu of China finished second with a throw of 76.75 meters.

Fellow Americans Amber Campbell finished sixth with a 72.74 meter throw for the best finish by an American in the event in Olympic history.

Former Saluki Bianca Stuart will participate in the long jump for the Bahamas with her preliminary rounds starting Tuesday.

The Olympics will conclude Sunday.

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