Two Former Lady Bulldogs Compete In Olympic Hammer Throw
Aug. 8, 2012
LONDON --- Former Lady Bulldogs Jenny Dahlgren and Sultana Frizell battled versus the rest of the field in the qualifying round of the hammer throw at the London Olympics on Wednesday morning.
Frizell, who was competing in her second Olympic Games for her native Canada, finished 14th in the first qualifying group and 26th overall. After opening with a mark of 216 feet, 9 inches, Frizell posted a second mark of 221-3 before fouling on her last attempt.
Frizell was a 2005 All-American in the hammer throw for the Georgia women while also capturing a conference crown in the event that same season. She is third on both the school’s all-time hammer throw list (217-11) and UGA’s weight throw list (66-10).
Argentina native Jenny Dahlgren suffered three fouls in the hammer’s qualifying round. She finished 29th in the qualifying round of the 2008 Olympics while also competing at the 2004 Games in Athens, Greece.
Dahlgren’s personal-best collegiate mark of 239-4 set at the 2007 Spec Towns Invitational in Athens remains the longest throw in collegiate track and field history. Also the school record holder in the weight throw (78-10.50), she was a three-time NCAA champion (two in the hammer, one in the weight), earned eight All-America certificates and won four Southeastern Conference titles during her time in Athens from 2004-07.
St. Lucia’s Levern Spencer, who is competing in her second Games, will aim for the finals as she takes part in the qualifying round of the high jump on Thursday at 4:30 a.m. ET. Spencer has already carried the flag for her native nation during the Opening Ceremonies.
Five-time Olympian and three-time medalist Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie (Bahamas) is scheduled to compete in the first round of the 4x100-meter relay on Thursday at 3:20 p.m. Both Spencer and Ferguson-McKenzie had standout