By Philip Hersh, Tribune reporter
3:41 PM CDT, August 16, 2013
Jeneva McCall left the World Championships in Moscow with a ninth-place finish and the distinction of having the longest hammer throw ever by a U.S. woman at the world meet.
McCall, from Thornridge and Southern Illinois, improved on each of her three throws in Friday's final, finishing at 238 feet, 4 inches. All her throws were within 13 inches of each other, and all surpassed the previous best by a U.S. woman at worlds: 236-9 by Jessica Cosby in 2009.
"I was Miss Consistency as always," McCall said.
U.S. champion Amanda Bingson, who finished 10th, had just one legal throw, but it (238-1) also bettered Cosby's performance.
Tatiana Lysenko of Russia won with a throw of 258-6.
McCall, 23, had failed to make the final in her previous world meet appearance two years ago. Bingson, 23, also was10th at that meet. She had set a U.S. record of 248-5 at nationals in June.
"Women's hammer throwing in America is coming up," McCall said. " We are going to change the game."
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