South American Hammer Throw record holder Jennifer Dahlgren of Argentina (Eduardo Biscayart) © Copyright
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Prepping for Hammer Throw Challenge opener, Dahlgren breaks South American record in Buenos Aires

Just two weeks before opening her international season at the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge kick-off at the Meeting Grand Prix IAAF de Dakar, Jennifer Dahlgren of Argentina improved the South American record in the Hammer Throw, reaching 73.74m at a local meet in Buenos Aires on 10 April.

This is the 13th Area record for the 25-year-old, who bettered her own previous mark of 72.94m set in Athens, Georgia, on 13 April 2007, when was completing her collegiate career at the University of Georgia.

Coached by former Argentinean thrower Marcelo Pugliese (64.23m at DT ’02; 68.90m at HT ’95), Dahlgren produced the following series: 71.88m, 73.74m, 69.31m, 70.30m, 71.15m, and foul.

Dahlgren was South American champion in 2006, fourth at the 2001 IAAF World Youth Championships, fifth at the 2002 IAAF World Junior Championships, and last year, at the 2009 IAAF World Championships in Berlin, she recorded her best performance at a major senior level event, when came close to advancing to the final (68.90m; 17th place in qualifying).

This was her fourth meet of 2010 over the 70m barrier. Dahlgren had thrown 71.29m in Rosario, on 25 February; 70.72m in Buenos Aires, on 6 March; and 72.66m in Buenos Aires, on 13 March.

Dahlgren will be in the line-up when the women’s portion of the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge begins in Dakar on 24 April, and is expecting bigger things as the series progresses.

“We – with my coach – are very happy with this result,” said Dahlgren. “But we still expect more improvements and good results at the IAAF Challenge and the Iberoamerican Championships.”

Eduardo Biscayart for the IAAF

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