Olympian and US record holder Amanda Bingson returned to her home field for the Cunningham Invite in sunny Las Vegas. She made the most of her spin around Sin City with an early-bird world leader of 75,12m (246′ 5″), a sniff short of her PB of 75,73m (248′ 5″), catching the eye of more than one European. Amanda told Throwholics:
“padding-left: 30px;”>My goal at the past was be consistently over 72m and end at around 74m. The program I’m on now I throw 10 throws with a 4.5 kg and 10 with a 14 lb and the next day throw 10 with 16 lb ball and 10 with a 6 kg ball. In training the only thing going well is the 4.5 kg. I’m not one of those people where my numbers match up to each weight. This season I’m just shooting to be as consistent as I can be and earn a top-10 World Ranking. I want to get use to traveling because I don’t have much experience competing overseas. So far the only meet I have lined up is the IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge meet in Tokyo. But with my opening mark I hope to get into a few more meets.
From coach Watson:
“We wanted to get out in March just too see where she was at for right now. I haven’t introduced the 4kg to her training yet but we knew she was in 73m+ shape. She had good fall training with light implements that produced some good results and now the heavy hammers are starting to go further.” said coach Greg Watson, “The plan for this season is to stay as consistent as we can in order to place as high as we can in the [IAAF Hammer Throw Challenge].”
Are you okay sharing her training distances?
“I’m fine with sharing her training distances ’cause actually for how far she throws the 4k her heavy implements are not that great. She has a 50m 7.26k and 56m 6kg. Her strength is her light implements, this fall with the 3kg hammer she had a result of just under 81m and also had a result of 80 even with a 3.25kg. We have not thrown a 2.5kg this year yet but last year she did just over 85m with that. This past week before her competition she threw 68.16m with the 4.5kg.”