Deanna Price’s hammer career almost ended before it even got going.
Recently crowned world champions Pawel Fajdek of Poland and DeAnna Price of the USA topped the end-of-year standings for the 2019 IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge. Fajdek won the challenge for the fifth time, adding to victories in 2013, 2015, 2016 and 2017. For Price, it was her first finish atop the standings.
The United States had never won a medal in the women's hammer throw, or a title in any women's throws event at a World Championships. World leader DeAnna Price staked her claim on both early on and never relented to be crowned the first field event champion at the IAAF World Athletics Championships Doha 2019.
European bronze medallist Bence Halasz delighted the home crowd at the Pal Nemeth Memorial by winning the men’s hammer, while North American record-holder DeAnna Price won the women’s contest at the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge meeting in Szombathely on Tuesday (27).
US hammer thrower Deanna Price has enjoyed a huge breakthrough year and currently sits at No. 2 on the world lists courtesy of her Area record effort of 78.12m. The 25-year-old talks to the IAAF to reveal more about her throws journey and passion for her discipline.
Friendly rivalries propelled two US women to the top of the world lists on Saturday (23).
Double Olympic champion Elaine Thompson fulfilled her role as favourite with an authoritative victory in the women’s 100m while Deanna Price produced a world lead in the hammer throw at the Jamaica International Invitational Meeting on Saturday (19), the opening leg of the 2018 IAAF World Challenge series.
Just two days into the NCAA Championships in Eugene, meeting records have been broken in two events while several others have withstood strong challenges.