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Richmond's Camryn Rogers wins silver at the World Athletics Championships

The 23-year-old hammer thrower and Kajaks alumnus became the first Canadian woman to win a medal at a field event at the Worlds

Richmond’s Camryn Rogers has made history by becoming the first Canadian woman to win a medal at a field event at the World Athletics Championships.

On Sunday morning, Rogers won the silver medal in the hammer throw at the worlds in Eugene, Oregon.

The Kajaks alumnus and recent graduate of the University of California – where she broke Canadian and NCAA records – took the silver on her third throw in the final.

Rogers, 23, had come into the event as the national record holder and was ranked fourth in the world.

Her throw of 75.52 metres didn’t just earn her an incredible silver, it was Canada’s first medal of the entire 2022 competition.

Afterwards, an ecstatic Rogers told Athletics Canada that she was “completely overwhelmed right now with emotion, but I am so happy.

“I am so motivated and so excited to be coming home with this medal. It shows every throw, every lift, this is what it leads to."

And, according to Athletics Canada, she was fighting back the tears when asked about the significance of having her mother Shari in the crowd.

“She came down to the railing and gave me a huge hug and that's when it hit me," said Rogers.

"When she wrapped her arms around me I started bawling on the spot.”