Jennifer DAHLGREN

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Argentina Argentina
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    21 APR 1984
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    175595
Jennifer Dahlgren (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Shot Put 15.04 Austin, TX (USA) 10 MAY 2003
Discus Throw 44.91 Clemson, SC (USA) 25 MAR 2006
Hammer Throw 73.74 Buenos Aires (ARG) 10 APR 2010 AR
20libs Weight 24.04 Fayetteville (USA) 10 MAR 2006 ABP

Legend

* Not legal.

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Shot Put 15.54 Blacksburg (USA) 14 FEB 2004

Legend

* Not legal.

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Shot Put 12.47 Buenos Aires (ARG) 15 SEP 2018
Hammer Throw 70.98 Cochabamba (BOL) 05 JUN 2018

Outdoor

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2018 12.47 Buenos Aires (ARG) 15 SEP 2018
2017 12.65 Buenos Aires (ARG) 28 OCT 2017
2012 13.48 Buenos Aires (ARG) 09 SEP 2012
2010 14.78 Mar del Plata (ARG) 04 MAY 2010
2007 14.68 Tuscaloosa, AL (USA) 12 MAY 2007
2006 14.84 Fayetteville (USA) 14 MAY 2006
2005 14.71 Athens (USA) 23 APR 2005
2004 15.02 Athens (USA) 10 APR 2004
2003 15.04 Austin, TX (USA) 10 MAY 2003
2002 14.04 Waco (USA) 27 APR 2002
2001 12.47 Santa Fé (ARG) 13 OCT 2001

Outdoor

Discus Throw

Performance Place Date
2006 44.91 Clemson, SC (USA) 25 MAR 2006
2002 41.41 Belém (BRA) 03 AUG 2002

Outdoor

Hammer Throw

Performance Place Date
2018 70.98 Cochabamba (BOL) 05 JUN 2018
2017 70.18 Buenos Aires (ARG) 22 APR 2017
2016 69.21 Buenos Aires (ARG) 16 JUL 2016
2015 72.01 Buenos Aires (ARG) 08 AUG 2015
2014 71.66 Buenos Aires (ARG) 01 MAR 2014
2013 72.64 Mar del Plata (ARG) 22 APR 2013
2012 72.79 Santa Fé (ARG) 22 APR 2012
2011 73.44 Berlin (GER) 11 SEP 2011
2010 73.74 Buenos Aires (ARG) 10 APR 2010
2009 72.79 Buenos Aires (ARG) 14 FEB 2009
2008 66.38 Buenos Aires (ARG) 18 MAR 2008
2007 72.94 Athens (USA) 14 APR 2007
2006 72.01 Greensboro (USA) 27 MAY 2006
2005 67.50 Clemson, SC (USA) 26 MAR 2005
2004 66.12 Austin, TX (USA) 12 JUN 2004
2003 61.60 Athens (USA) 16 AUG 2003
2002 59.48 Kingston (JAM) 20 JUL 2002
2001 57.50 Santa Fé (ARG) 12 OCT 2001
2000 56.68 Bogotá (COL) 04 NOV 2000

Outdoor

20libs Weight

Performance Place Date
2006 24.04 Fayetteville (USA) 10 MAR 2006
2005 22.27 Blacksburg (USA) 11 FEB 2005
2004 22.03 Fayetteville (USA) 12 MAR 2004

Indoor

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2006/07 14.83 Chapel Hill, NC (USA) 03 FEB 2007
2005/06 15.54 Gainesville (USA) 05 FEB 2006
2004/05 15.40 Champaign, IL (USA) 29 JAN 2005
2003/04 15.54 Blacksburg (USA) 14 FEB 2004

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Hammer Throw 66.25 Split (CRO) 05 SEP 2010
6. Hammer Throw 68.59 Ostrava (CZE) 08 SEP 2018

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Hammer Throw 59.48 Kingston (JAM) 20 JUL 2002

Honours - South American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 69.07 Tunja (COL) 29 SEP 2006
1. Hammer Throw 65.05 Cali (COL) 24 JUL 2005
1. Hammer Throw 72.70 Buenos Aires (ARG) 02 JUN 2011
2. Hammer Throw 66.17 Asunción (PAR) 24 JUN 2017
3. Hammer Throw 65.82 Cartagena de Indias (COL) 05 JUL 2013
3. Hammer Throw 63.81 Lima (PER) 19 JUN 2009

Honours - Pan American Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Hammer Throw 68.37 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 23 JUL 2007
6. Hammer Throw 67.11 Guadalajara (MEX) 24 OCT 2011
7. Hammer Throw 65.33 Toronto (CAN) 21 JUL 2015

Honours - Ibero-American Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 68.89 Trujillo (PER) 25 AUG 2018
1. Hammer Throw 65.87 Rio de Janeiro (BRA) 14 MAY 2016
1. Hammer Throw 66.84 Sao Paulo (BRA) 01 AUG 2014
1. Hammer Throw 70.91 San Fernando (ESP) 04 JUN 2010
2. Hammer Throw 71.23 Barquisimeto (VEN) 08 JUN 2012
2. Hammer Throw 64.89 Iquique (CHI) 14 JUN 2008
3. Hammer Throw 63.72 Huelva (ESP) 06 AUG 2004

Honours - South American U23 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 66.48 Buenos Aires (ARG) 10 NOV 2006
1. Hammer Throw 65.17 Barquisimeto (VEN) 27 JUN 2004
3. Shot Put 14.34 Barquisimeto (VEN) 26 JUN 2004

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 63.65 Rosario (ARG) 14 APR 2018
1. Hammer Throw 65.04 Buenos Aires (ARG) 24 APR 2016
1. Hammer Throw 67.45 Rosario (ARG) 20 JUN 2014
1. Hammer Throw 72.79 Santa Fé (ARG) 22 APR 2012
1. Hammer Throw 70.96 Buenos Aires (ARG) 17 APR 2011
1. Hammer Throw 69.78 Santa Fé (ARG) 01 MAY 2009

Honours - NCAA Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Hammer Throw 70.72 Sacramento (USA) 08 JUN 2007
1. Hammer Throw 69.00 Sacramento (USA) 10 JUN 2006
Results in:

Shot Put

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
15 SEP 2018 Buenos Aires Argentinian Club Ch. ARGARG F F 3. 12.47

Hammer Throw

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
14 APR 2018 Rosario Argentinian Ch. ARGARG B F 1. 63.65
21 APR 2018 Buenos Aires ARGARG F F 1. 68.03
05 MAY 2018 Buenos Aires ARGARG F F 1. 65.83
25 MAY 2018 Buenos Aires ARGARG F F 1. 66.84
05 JUN 2018 Cochabamba South American Games BOLBOL B F 1. 70.98
16 JUN 2018 Rhede Int. Leichtathletik-Meeting GERGER E F 3. 63.41
22 JUN 2018 Madrid Meeting 2018 ESPESP GL F 9. 68.84
09 JUL 2018 Luzern Spitzen Leichtathletik SUISUI B F 1. 68.12
16 JUL 2018 Cork City Sports IRLIRL D F 3. 62.15
11 AUG 2018 Buenos Aires ARGARG F F 1. 67.72
18 AUG 2018 Buenos Aires ARGARG F F 1. 68.08
25 AUG 2018 Trujillo Ibero American Championships PERPER B F 1. 68.89
08 SEP 2018 Ostrava IAAF Continental Cup CZECZE GW F1 6. 68.59
16 SEP 2018 Buenos Aires Argentinian Club Ch. ARGARG F F 1. 65.86


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Updated 24 August 2007

Jennifer DAHLGREN, Argentina (Hammer Throw)

Born 21 April 1984 in Buenos Aires, Argentina; 1.81m, 118kg

Lives in Athens, USA

Coach: Donald Babbit

University: University of Georgia

Although Jennifer Dahlgren was born in Argentina, and she feels she is an Argentine girl, she has spent most of her life in the United States. Since she was very young, she has had to move home many times because of her father’s work responsibilities. Nevertheless, she is proud of representing Argentina in international competition and is adamant that her heart belongs to that country. Nowadays, the South American hammer throw record holder is Argentina’s most important athlete.

Dahlgren was born in Buenos Aires and moved to Brazil when she was two years old, together with her family (father Roberto, works in the petrochemical industry; mother, Irene Fitzner; sister, Sabrina, two years older). Three years later, they moved to Texas. By that time, her little brother, Paul, had been born. After four years there, they packed their belongings and settled in Connecticut for a season, before returning to Texas.

When Dahlgren was 13, they returned to Argentina. “I used to say that I was an Argentine citizen, but I really didn’t feel like that,” she recalled. “Back in my country I had many troubles with the language. I used to speak English with my sister and my brother. I remember that it took me some time to adapt myself to high school, but finally I succeeded and now I really love Buenos Aires.”

But the hardest moment for ‘Jenny’ – as her friends call her - was when she had to come back to Texas. “I didn’t want to return at all,” she said. “I cried a lot, I remember it was really difficult for me.”

Although her mother was one of the best Argentine sprinters in the 1970s, and took part in 1972 Munich Olympic Games, it was by chance that Jennifer began to train in athletics in 1998. “I used to practise a lot of sports,” she said. “However, athletics was special to me, but not because of my mother’s experience.” From the beginning, she chose the Shot Put, Discus and Hammer throws because of her build.

In those days, her coach was Andrés Charadía, former South American Hammer record holder (74.66), who still shares some technical advice with her. “He pushed me to focus on Hammer Throw which was also the most fun discipline for me, so I decided to go ahead with it”.

Dahlgren kept on training in the Unites States while she was at high school. Then, in 2003, she moved out for the seventh time in her life so as to start studying English Teaching at the University of Georgia, in Athens, and began to train with her coach, Donald Babbit. As she stood out as an athlete, she received a full scholarship. During that season, she not only managed to break the South American junior Hammer Throw record (61.60) but also won the Pan American Junior Championships, in Bridgetown.

Dahlgren seemed to feel comfortable during her first senior season, achieving podium results at the age of 20. By that time she was fully concentrated on the Hammer and broke the South American record four times, earning her ticket for the Athens Olympic Games of 2004. She could not produce her best there, but that experience would surely help her in the future.

Meanwhile, she was an ordinary student at University: she woke up at 9am every day, attended lessons until noon, had lunch and trained for four hours up to 6pm before returning to her room. “It was a nice and simple life,” she said. “The United States is a great place to live while training. However, I expect to go back to Argentina in the future. People are so different there and I miss my family, my friends, the customs and even the Argentinian food.”

In 2005, Dahlgren established a new South American record, but she gave a bad performance in her first World Championships, in Helsinki. However she then declared that at least she had learnt how to compete in a championship. And she surely had, since, in 2006, she won two NCAA Championships (indoor and outdoor) and the South American Championships. Besides that, she broke her own South American record five times, surpassing the 70m barrier for the first time.

Once again, in 2007, Dahlgren repeated the story: she established another South American record (72.94), won the NCAA Championships outdoor and was bronze medalist in Rio de Janeiro, in the Pan American Games. “Although I didn’t perform too well, I was happy about the podium I got in Brazil,” she said. “Besides, to spend some days with my friends in the Pan American village was amazing.” And she added, smiling: “Whenever I’m among sportsmen I always look for a boyfriend.”

Dahlgren will go to University for the next six months, but her amateur athletics career is over and she will have to become a professional athlete. “Although you can live pretty well as a thrower, you don’t earn as much money as 100m runners do. So I’ll probably have to forget about luxury. Anyway, I know I’ll be a hammer thrower for many years.”

She does not know now where she is going to live in 2008. Her parents have moved to Singapore while the United States is a possibility. “The wind will decide my destiny,” she laughs. Anyway, she expects to continue on improving her marks, while her country dreams of the international podiums that she will step onto during the next decade.


Yearly progression

1999 – 46.36; 2000 – 56.68; 2001 – 57.50; 2002 – 59.48; 2003 – 61.60 (AJR); 2004 – 66.12; 2005 – 67.07; 2006 – 72.01; 2007 – 72.94 (AR)

Personal bests

Hammer Throw: 72.94, AR (2007)
Shot Put: 15.03 (2003), 15.54i (2004)
Discus Throw: 44.28 (2003)

Career highlights

2000 1st South American Junior Championships (Sao Leopoldo)  54.95
 1st South American Youth Championships (Bogotá)   56.68
2001 4th World Youth Championships (Debrecen)    56.92
 1st South American Junior Championships (Santa Fe)            57.50
 2nd Pan American Junior Championships (Santa Fe)   57.18
2002 5th World Junior Championships (Kingston)    59.48
 1st South American Junior Championships (Belem)   55.73
2003 1st Pan American Junior Championships (Bridgetown)            58.61
2004 3rd NCAA Championships (Austin)     66.12
 1st South American U23 Championships (Barquisimeto)  65.17
 3rd Ibero-American Championships (Huelva)    63.72
 q Olympic Games (Athens)      59.52
2005 2nd NCAA Championships (Sacramento)              66.72
 1st South American Championships (Cali)    65.05
 q World Championships (Helsinki)     NM
2006 1st NCAA Championships (Sacramento)     69.00
 1st South American Championships (Tunja)    69.07
 1st South American U23 Championship/Odesur Games (Bs.As.) 66.48
2007 1st NCAA Championships (Sacramento)     70.72
 3rd Pan American Games (Rio de Janeiro)    68.37

 

Prepared by Víctor Pochat for the IAAF ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. ©  IAAF 2007.

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