DES MOINES, Iowa, April 27 – World champion Brooke Andersen broke the invitational event record en route to winning the women’s Hammer Throw at the 2023 Drake Relays on Thursday (27). The American threw 78.69 meters / 258-2 to win the event, breaking a record that had stood for 21 years.
Andersen, who is the current world leader with 79.80m, spun out to her winning mark in the sixth and final round of the competition on Thursday’s second day at the Drake Stadium in Des Moines, Iowa. The 27-year-old also had marks of 77.54m and 75.67m in the second and fourth rounds, respectively. Read More: Day 2: The 2023 Drake Relays schedule of events and how to watch
The reigning World Athletics Championships gold medalist is ranked No. 3 on the women’s hammer throw all-time with her 79.80m effort at the Virginia Challenge in Charlottesville in her season opener earlier this month.
Maggie Ewen, also of the USA, opened her season in the event with a solid 72.47m for second place, while third went to former NCAA champion Janeah Stewart with 71.60m, and Annette Echikunwoke, a world championship finalist, also surpassed 70 meters after throwing 70.57m for 5th place.
Florence Ezah held the previous invitational event record with a throw of 63.77m, set in 2002. Brittany Riley of Southern Illinois set the Drake Stadium record of 72.51m in 2007.
Here is the full list of results for the women’s Hammer Throw at the 2023 Drake Relays:
Drake Relays Women’s Hammer Throw Invitational Results
- Brooke Andersen (Nike) – 78.69m (258-2)
- Maggie Ewen (Nike) – 72.47m (237-9)
- Janeah Stewart (NYAC) – 71.60m (234-11)
- Annette Echikunwoke (United States) – 70.57m (231-6)
- Stamatia Scarvelis (Greece) – 69.57m (228-3)
- Beatrice Llano (Norway) – 68.82m (225-9)
- Erin Reese (Velaasa) – 68.75m (225-6)
- Lisa Wilson (Tracksmith) – 66.12m (216-11)
- Tara Simpson-Sullivan (Rice) – 65.22m (214-0)
- Maddy Nilles (Velaasa) – 64.01m (210-0)
- Agne Lukoseviciute (Jusis Training) – 60.22m (197-7)