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#RioGoldRush: Hammer thrower Daina Levy not discouraged after last place finish in Olympic debut

Published:Friday | August 12, 2016 | 8:58 PM
Daina Levy ... recorded a best mark of 60.35 metres in addition to two no-throws in the hammer throw.

The Rio Olympics campaign of Jamaican hammer thrower Daina Levy had an early end to her Olympic debut after finishing last in the event Friday evening but said she is not discouraged.

Levy recorded a best mark of 60.35 metres in addition to two no-throws in the event.

The 23-year-old Canadian-born Levy was well below her personal best mark of 71.00m. 

Levy said she was honoured to represent Jamaica, at the Olympic Games and to have created history in the process, but underlined that she is not discouraged by the outcome and is instead focusing on pushing forward in the event.

"I fouled my first attempts at pretty much every meet I’ve been to so I wasn’t too worried when I started with a foul. Even at that point I was thinking that everything was ok, that I could do this. The second throw was awful I knew what needed to be fixed but it didn’t work out for me this time around,” she said. 

In 2011, Levy won a silver medal in the Pan-American Junior Championships in Miramar, Florida on her first appearance for Jamaica.

She was also a finalist at the NACAC Under-23 and was the Big 12 hammer throw champion this season with 66.52m.

PROFILE - Daina Levy
23 years old
High School: Kennesaw Mount
Tertiary Education: University of Kansas
Events: Women’s Hammer throw
Personal Best: 71.00m
Interesting Facts: Although she is Canadian-born, Levy considers herself a Jamaican because her parents are both Jamaicans.