Throw Like Nobody's Watching
DeAnna Price is changing what is possible for American hammer throwers.
LØPE MAGAZINE – Issue No. 012, September 2019
By Liam Boylan-Pett
Illustration by Diane Doering
If a spectator wanted to watch the hammer throw at the 2019 U.S. Track and Field Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, they would first need to get down to track level at Drake Stadium. The easiest way to do this would be to walk around the promenade on street level towards the northwest corner of the stadium. There, a staircase leads down to the track, right near the start of the 100 meters on that famous blue surface. To get to the hammer throw, however, the start line of the 100 meters is the wrong place to be. There is a lonely cement path that extends due north, away from the track. Walk about eighty yards that way and there is a set of bleachers. But that is not the best place to stop—no, the bleachers are perfect for watching the javelin. For the best view of the hammer throw, a spectator would need to keep walking, up a small hill and around the enclave that houses the javelin runway. Then, finally, at the top of the hill, a fan would have a bird’s eye view of the hammer cage.
On July 27, it would have been worth it to make the long haul up to the outskirts of Drake Stadium for the women’s hammer throw. Especially if they stayed for the final heave of the competition.
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