BEAVERTON, Ore. - Coastal Carolina alumna and current Chanticleer volunteer assistant coach Amber Campbell became the first United States track and field athlete to secure her spot on the U.S. Olympic Team at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials for the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in London on Thursday.
Campbell, who entered the day ranked as the third-best American in the hammer throw, exceeded all expectations on her way to winning the hammer throw and establishing a new U.S. Olympic Trials record. A 16-time Big South champion while she wore the teal and black of Coastal Carolina, Campbell moved from fourth to first on her fifth throw of the day as she unleashed a 71.80m (235-06) bomb downrange on the Ronaldo Field at the Nike Worldwide Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore.
Competing in the second flight of the afternoon, Campbell opened with a then first-place effort of 69.48m (227-11). She followed with a heave of 69.11m (226-09) on her second attempt before fouling on her third. She opened the event finals with a throw of 66.40m (217-10) followed by her winning throw before capping the competition with a final effort of 71.56m (234-09).
Campbell, a 2004 graduate of Coastal Carolina, will compete in her second consecutive Olympics in the hammer throw after also representing Team USA at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Also earning their place on the U.S. Olympic Team were Amanda Bingson of UNLV with a throw of 71.78m (235-06) and Jessica Cosby with a final distance of 70.77m (232-02).
The 2012 London Summer Olympic Games commence on Friday, July 27 with the Opening Ceremonies and run through Sunday, Aug. 12. The women's hammer throw is set to be contested on Fri., Aug. 10.