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THROWER OF THE WEEK!
Gwen Berry Sets WR!
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) Gwen Berry broke the world indoor record in the women’s weight throw and Noah Lyles toppled the 300-meter mark Saturday in the USA Track & Field Indoor Championships. Berry heaved the 20-pound weight 84 feet. Lyles finished in 31.87 seconds, pushed throughout the race by Paul Dedewo. Berry made the 2016 U.S. Olympic team in the hammer throw, but was suspended for three months for using an asthma medication and her American record was stripped. ”It brought me to tears,” Berry said. ”My old teammate brought it up. I cried for a second because I’ve really been through a lot. It’s just like in life, you go through a lot of things, but what defines you is if you fight back.” Losing the record has just made her work harder, even though a back injury a month ago almost derailed her effort. ”I really injured myself pretty bad four weeks ago,” Berry said. ”Two weeks ago, I wasn’t even going to come. And I had the title snatched away from me, but I didn’t give up. And I’m here today with a world record. You just have to keep fighting. That’s what my coach has been preaching to me.” Now she aims to regain the record that was briefly hers. ”The weight ball has made me a better hammer thrower,” Berry said. ”The weight throw gives me more stability and it helps me with my speed and technique for the hammer. So hopefully, it translates into the American record for the hammer throw. That’s my goal, and to make the World team.”
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