Thurmond Reaches Finals In Berlin
1998 Washington alum and Husky Hall of Famer Aretha Thurmond squeaked into the women's discus finals today at the World Championships in Berlin, Germany. Thurmond got the 12th and final qualifying spot, and did so with the last of her three throws.
Thurmond, competing in the fourth World Championships of her career, is already assured of her best career finish, as she had never reached the finals before. On her last attempt, Thurmond surpassed the 200-foot mark, going 200-feet and 4-inches to advance.
A relieved Thurmond told the media, "I think I just gave my high school coach some grey hairs today. It's been my m.o. unfortunately my whole career. I'm the type of a competitor that takes a while to get into a groove."
The final will take place this Friday, August 21st.
"The point was to get out there and make it through to the finals. (Team USA has) two Americans in the finals and now we can go see if we can put two on the podium," said Thurmond.
Tomorrow, former UW NCAA Champions Brad Walker and Ryan Brown will compete for the first time. Walker is the defending world champ in the pole vault, while Brown makes his World Championships debut in the 800-meters. You can read about Brown's early Berlin experience here.
Thanks to Paul Merca for the photo and quotes.
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