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Hammer is given the spotlight at Olympic trials

Hammer is given the spotlight at Olympic trials

The hammer throw isn’t a glamorous event and rarely gets much publicity, but it got its day in the sun Wednesday when the U.S. Olympic trials hammer competition was contested in Hayward Field for the first time.

The event usually is held at a separate venue to spare other competitors the hazard of being hit. But it was the only scheduled event Wednesday, eliminating safety concerns and giving participants a treat.

“I’m in the infield in Hayward. That’s magic,” said Amber Campbell, who set a women’s trials record with a throw of 74.03 meters (242 feet, 10 inches).

Campbell, a volunteer coach at Coastal Carolina...

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