Gator Thomas Mardal claims NCAA hammer throw title
Mardal’s final victory margin was seven feet, three inches farther than the runner-up
EUGENE, Ore. (WCJB) -It was indeed Hammer Time on Wednesday at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon. Especially for University of Florida senior Thomas Mardal.
Mardal captured the NCAA hammer throw title with a personal best of 251 feet, nine inches, the sixth-longest throw in NCAA championship history for Mardal’s second national title of the school year. He previously claimed the weight throw title during the indoor season.
After watching 12 throwers compete in flight one, Mardal led off flight two and immediately vaulted into the lead with a throw of 242 feet, four inches, more than nine feet past the next best throw at the time. His final victory margin was seven feet, three inches farther than the runner-up.
Mardal, a native of Norway, not only broke his own personal best, he also eclipsed the school record for the third time this season.
Florida has a total of 18 qualifiers for NCAA championships, including nine others by the men’s team and eight for the women’s team. Competition lasts through Saturday.
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