Canadian hammer thrower Camryn Rogers books last place with first throw at world championships

Canada’s Camryn Rogers competes in the women’s hammer throw qualification during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at Hayward Field on July 15, 2022 in Eugene, Oregon.ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP/Getty Images

It took Camryn Rogers just one throw to secure a spot in her first hammer throw world final.

The 23-year-old from Richmond, BC, threw a throw of 73.67 meters on the opening day of the IAAF World Championships, beating the automatic qualifying mark of 73.50. She then called it a day.

“We went in with a plan to run it and get it done on the first throw,” Rogers said. “It’s a plan and a point we’ve been working on to make it consistent throughout the season. Coming here and getting the job done when it counts is everything. And now we can go forward and be really excited and looking forward to the final (Sunday).”

It was the fourth-best shot of the day, but a far cry from her Canadian record of 77.67, set last month. This brand ranked them 4th in the world.

Jillian Weir of Kingston, Ontario, also qualified for the hammer final with a throw of 72.00.

Rogers finished fifth in her Olympic debut in Tokyo last summer and was the youngest athlete in the final. She is aiming to break her Canadian record in the finals, which could earn her Canada’s first medal at the event.

“We always have a plan to come to Tokyo, my first Olympics, it was so exciting,” she said. “And now we know there is more to do. There is more room for improvement. And you can always work on things and work on pushing yourself even more to reach the next levels.

“And so the plan is to keep building and set a new (personal best) time. And if that also means a medal, then that is our goal.”

A few weeks after she broke her Canadian record in the shot put, Sarah Mitton’s throw of 19.38 meters on her second shot earned her a place in Saturday’s final.

The 26-year-old from Brooklyn, NS, is No. 3 in the world after throwing a huge Canadian record with a throw of 20.33 meters, which was the world’s longest throw this season.

Django Lovett, a 30-year-old from Surrey, BC, cleaned in the men’s high jump qualification to begin his quest for a medal at the World Athletics Championships. Lovett broke a season-best 2.28 meters in his first attempt to secure his spot in Monday’s final.

He was one of only six jumpers to reach that height on their first attempt.

“My goal was to be clear all the way and not mess around, and we got that job done,” said Lovett, whose mother drove eight hours to Eugene to watch.

“It was great to see her in the crowd,” he said. “The fans have been phenomenal. It was a very lively and joyful, encouraging environment.”

Lovett finished eighth in his Olympic debut last summer in Tokyo. The 2018 Commonwealth Games bronze medalist won the Birmingham Diamond League meeting in May.

Canada has 59 athletes competing in the Championships, the third largest sporting event in the world after the Olympics and the World Championships, at Hayward Field.

Sprint star Andre De Grasse, who has not raced since contracting COVID-19 about a month ago, was due to contest the 100 meters on Friday night, while Sarah Mitton, No. 3 in the women’s shot put, had the qualifier too .

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