Tucumcari Olympian misses qualifying by one spot

Former Tucumcari resident Amber Campbell missed qualifying for finals of the women's hammer throw by one spot Wednesday at the Summer Olympic games in London.

Campbell, who lived in Tucumari as a youth, had a top throw of 69.9

Amber Campbell

3 meters (229 feet) and finished 13th among the 37 throwers. The top 12 throwers advanced to the finals.

Campbell, making her second Olympics appearance, needed a throw of about two more feet to make the finals.

Anita Wloodarczyk of Poland was the top qualifier with a throw of 74.68 meters (245 feet).

Campbell, a five-time NCAA All-American at Coastal Carolina in Myrtle Beach, S.C., where she now lives, was the top finisher among three Americans competing.

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