Princeton’s hammering great Julia Ratcliffe earned her first major global medal today at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland. She earned a silver medal in the women’s hammer throw final with a meet best of 69.96 meters (229-06 1/4), just a little over 1-foot away from her Ivy League record. The event was won by Canadian Sultana Frizell in a new Commonwealth Games record, 71.97 meters (236-01 1/2).
“I’m just over the moon. I was thinking I was going to have to fight for third, so to get silver, it’s unreal,” Ratcliffe shared with Mark Geenty of Stuff.co.nz. “I just felt ready. I sat around all day in my room and Sarah Cowley my room-mate was very patient and gave me some space to have a nap. I was just waiting to get out there and do my thing.”
Columbia graduate Erison Hurtault, who runs for Dominica, competed in the men’s 400m qualifying rounds earlier today. He finished 5th in his heat with a time of 47.02. Unfortunately, his time was 0.08 seconds away from making the cut for the semifinals.
A recent Columbia graduate made her international debut today – Nadia Eke, competing for Ghana, competed in the women’s triple jump qualifying rounds. Her best hop-skip-jump of the day, 13.14 meters (43-01 1/4), is not only a new personal best but also is a Ghana national record. The mark qualified her for tomorrow’s finals at 1:40pm EST.
Zimbio.com has a great collection of photos from the competition.
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