Continental Tour

Brooke Andersen wins Paavo Nurmi Games title with 76.45m throw

US world champion Brooke Andersen won the Paavo Nurmi Games Hammer title today with a 76.45m throw and defeated Canada's Camryn Rogers.

Brooke Andersen of United States competes in women s hammer throw during the athletics Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland
Brooke Andersen of United States competes in women s hammer throw during the athletics Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland

Brooke Andersen, the world champion in the women’s Hammer Throw, secured her seventh victory of the season at the 2023 Paavo Nurmi Games, a World Athletics Continental Tour Gold meeting held in Turku on Tuesday (13). She achieved a distance of 76.45 meters, defeating Canada’s world silver medalist Camryn Rogers to claim first place.

Andersen rebounded after a foul in the first round and took the lead in the second round with her winning throw. Although she scratched on four of her six attempts, she managed to maintain her advantage. Her season and personal best of 80.17 meters stands as the world-leading mark.

“This was my last competition before the US Championships in three weeks,” Andersen said. She was happy with the win but added, “there are some technical things to fix.”

Rogers started strongly with a distance of 76.21 meters in the opening round to initially take the lead. However, Andersen responded in the second round, surpassing Rogers’ mark. Despite her consistent series, with throws of 72.51m, 73.74m, and 73.73m, Rogers was unable to surpass Andersen’s winning distance and ultimately fouled on her last two attempts.

Finland’s Silja Kosonen, the 2021 World U20 champion, secured third place with a throw of 72.56 meters in the third round of the competition.

“I threw very well in the warm-up, but at the beginning of the competition, I kind of forgot how to throw,” Kosonen said. “Then I got my mind together and made a good throw on a third round. It was great to have at least one successful mark.”

Janee’ Kassanavoid of the United States, the world bronze medalist, finished in fourth place with a distance of 71.92 meters, along with throws of 71.29m, 70.23m, and 70.81m in the competition.

Italy’s Sara Fantini also surpassed the 70-meter mark today with a throw of 70.37 meters, earning her fifth place.

For complete results from the meet, please click here

Here are the final results of the Women’s Hammer Throw:

  1. Brooke Andersen – United States – 76.45m
  2. Camryn Rogers – Canada – 76.21m
  3. Silja Kosonen – Finland – 72.56m
  4. Janee’ Kassanavoid – United States – 71.92m
  5. Sara Fantini – Italy – 70.37m
  6. Hanna Skydan – Azerbaijan – 68.86m
  7. Bianca Ghelber – Romania – 68.38m
  8. Jillian Weir – Canada – 66.26m
  9. Suvi Koskinen – Finland – Finland – 61.95m
  10. Krista Tervo – Finland – Finland – NM (No Mark)
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