American Record Hammer By DeAnna Price: 254-9 (77.65)

Rathdrum, Idaho, June 01-02—DeAnna Price had every reason to believe she was going to do something special when she stepped into the hammer ring at the Iron Wood Throws meet Saturday, but she still managed to put herself in a spot where she could be surprised by the American Record 254-9 (77.65) that came on her second throw.

“Honestly no,” Price says when asked if she felt it coming. “With my lifting, how I peak myself out, I wasn’t looking for that big of a throw. The day before I threw an indicator ball to see where I am and it was really far. I told my coach [J.C. Lambert] and he played it off, he said it was no big deal, but evidently as he got off the phone he said, ‘She’s got this.’ So he knew.

“But what you throw one day doesn’t mean you’ll do it the next.”

Price didn’t even know when she let the ball go. “I was thinking about 74, maybe 75m, she says. “It really took off.” Then came the measurement that confirmed her as the No. 5 hammer thrower of all time. “I fell to my knees and started crying,” she admits.

Price’s form has been heading this direction for a while. She shed 40lb in the offseason, then threw a world-leading 250-2 (76.27) In Jamaica last month.

“My goal is just to have a good feel, to feel confident in my throwing,” says the 24-year-old Southern Illinois alum, whose last throw Saturday was a 253-0 (77.11) that was also past the old AR. “I’ve lost weight and I’m stronger at this body weight than I’ve ever been before.”

Still, she’s having trouble reconciling what she just did with the fact that she now trails only 4 other throwers on the all-time world list. “Not really, it hasn’t sunk in, that I’m No. 5” she says. “Maybe that’s just me, my personality, but it is hard for me to believe.”

THE ALL-TIME WORLD TOP 10
Mark Athlete Date
82.98 | 272-3 Anita Włodarczyk (Poland) 8/28/16
82.87 | 271-10 ————Włodarczyk 7/29/17
82.29 | 269-11 ————Włodarczyk 8/15/16
81.77 | 268-3 ————Włodarczyk ! 8/28/16
81.74 | 268-2 ————Włodarczyk ! 8/15/16
81.63 | 267-9 ————Włodarczyk ! 7/29/17
81.27 | 266-7 ————Włodarczyk ! 8/28/16
81.08 | 266-0 ————Włodarczyk 8/01/15
80.85 | 265-3 ————Włodarczyk 8/27/15
80.79 | 265-0 ————Włodarczyk 7/23/17
**10 performances by 1 performer**
79.42 | 260-7 Betty Heidler (Germany) 5/21/11
78.80 | 258-6 Tatyana Beloborodova (Russia) 8/16/13
77.68 | 254-10 Zheng Wang (China) 3/29/14
77.65 | 254-9 DeAnna Price (US) 6/02/18
77.33 | 253-8 Wenxiu Zhang (China) 9/28/14
77.32 | 253-8 Aksana Miankova (Belarus) 6/29/08
77.26 | 253-6 Gulfiya Agafonova (Russia) 6/12/06
77.13 | 253-0 Oksana Kondratyeva (Russia) 6/30/13
76.90 | 252-3 Martina Hrašnová (Slovakia) 5/16/09
U.S. List:
Mark Athlete Date
77.65 | 254-9 DeAnna Price (New York AC) 6/02/18
77.11 | 253-0 ————Price ! 6/02/18
76.77 | 251-10 Gwen Berry (Nike) 5/06/17
76.27 | 250-2 ————Price 5/19/18
76.08 | 249-7 ————Price ! 5/19/18
76.04 | 249-6 ————Berry ! 5/06/17
75.96 | 249-2 ————Price 5/04/18
75.96 | 249-2 ————Price ! 5/19/18
75.73 | 248-5 Amanda Bingson (Nike) 6/22/13
75.44 | 247-6 ————Price ! 6/02/18
**10 performances by 3 performers**
74.77 | 245-3 Jeneva Stevens (New York AC) 8/21/13
74.56 | 244-7 Maggie Ewen (Arizona State) 6/25/17
74.20 | 243-5 Jessica Cosby Toruga (Nike) 5/22/14
74.20 | 243-5 Brooke Andersen (Northern Arizona) 4/28/18
74.03 | 242-10 Amber Campbell (Nike) 7/06/16
73.87 | 242-4 Erin Gilreath (New York AC) 6/25/05
72.51 | 237-10 Brittany Riley (Southern Illinois) 4/28/07

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