Valence, France – Gia Lewis-Smallwood went to Melina Robert-Michon‘s backyard and showed the Europeans how to throw the discus at the DecaNation meet… slinging her Nishi platter out to 69,17m (226′ 11′), well clear of Robert-Michon‘s 62,86m (206’ 2″).
Gia shared, “Very huge thank you to my coach [Mike Turk]! I would be lost without him. He is testimony to the power of positive, consistent, fundamentally sound coaching. He has always believed this was possible. He keeps it simple with me, and has brought me back to life. I love him and his family. He would not be the man who he is if it were not for his amazing wife Lori Eich Turk and his kids Hannah, Payton and Sam. They deserve recognition and deep thanks as well.”
Lewis-Smallwood’s mark surpasses Olympic gold medalist Stephanie Brown-Trafton‘s 67.74m (222′ 3″) record toss into the Wailuku Maui Hawaiian tradewinds in 2012. The two-time defending USA champion had a previous personal best of 67.59m (221’ 9″) set at the Glasgow Diamond League meet earlier this year. Her coach, Mike Turk commented on the conditions, “There was no wind. In fact the only wind Gia has had the past two years was at an early season meet here in Chambana. We both want big throws without the wind. Big throws in the wind serve no purpose other than hitting a standard. Those marks won’t help prepare for international competition and they won’t hold up. They give false hope.”
final discus results at DecaNation 1. Gia Lewis-Smallwood (United States) – 226′ 11′ (69,17m) 2. Melina Robert Michon (France) – 206′ 2″ (62,86m) 3. Nataliya Semenova (Ukraine) – 198′ 10″ (60,61m) 4. Yulia Maltseva (Russia) – 197′ 5″ (60,17m)5. Dragana Tomasevic (Serbia) – 187′ 6″ (57,15m) 6. Marika Tokai (Japan) – 155′ 2″ (47,31m)
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