#MYRsports: CCU Grad Amber Campbell goes to 2012 London Olympics (Update: Comes up short)

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Update August 8, 2012: Myrtle Beach's very own Amber Campbell missed the qualifying by one.

Campbell came in 13th in the overall qualifying round and missed her chance at the finals on Friday by one spot. According to WPDE Channel 15, Campbell was, "the top American finisher."

IndyStar.com notes that:

It was the second successive global championship in which Campbell narrowly missed a final. She was 14th in qualifying at the 2011 World Championships and 21st at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Hop on over to CarolinaLive.com for their full story and tune in tonight on News Channel 15 as Amber will be talk with them about her reaction to her second Olympic competition. 

Reuters has a photo of Amber mid-throw during this morning's qualifying round, which you can see here - it's number 40. 

See the full Women's Hammer Throw results here.

Update August 6, 2012: CCU alum Amber Campbell will step into the spotlight in her quest for Olympic Gold this Wednesday, August 8th.

Wednesday is the Women's Hammer Throw Qualifying Round and it is scheduled to air at 5 a.m. eastern, which you should be able to watch by visiting this link, assuming you have a cable or satellite TV provider. On Friday, August 10th at 2:35 p.m. eastern the Women's Hammer Throw Final will air. 

Listen to Amber above talking with Aaron Marks from ESPN Radio 100.3 about her qualifying for the London Olympics. 

How does the Hammer Throw Work? 

via London2012.com

In all throwing events, athletes start with a qualifying round. Throwing in turn, each athlete gets three attempts to achieve a qualifying distance, decided by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Technical Delegates. Once all throws have been completed, all athletes who have achieved the qualifying distance go through to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes achieve the qualifying standard, the best 12 athletes go through.

In the final, athletes have three initial throws, with the top eight after the first three rounds then having a further three throws. The athlete who performs the longest throw is the winner.

In the event of a tie, athletes’ second-best throws are compared, followed by their third, and so on. 

Read more about Hammer Throwing here. And make sure t check out our first report below. 

First Report June 23rd: CCU grads make us proud all the time, but this one may become the pride of our nation.  Amber Campbell will, again, represent the U.S.A. in the 2012 London Olympics, competing in the hammer throw.

Amber is still a volunteer athletic coach at Coastal Carolina and is scheduled to compete on August 10, 2012.  For more information about the competition that qualified her for the Olympics, see this Sun News article.  WPDE also has a story and video.   

To connect and keep up with the latest from Amber as she goes for the gold, subscribe to her blog, Amber Campbell Throws, or follow her on Twitter, @USAHammerHottie.

As this story develops, check our Amber Campbell topic page for updates.

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