Friday, February 20, 2009

Aretha Thurmond finishes third in 2009 season debut in New Zealand...

Federal Way’s Aretha Thurmond finished third in her 2009 discus debut Friday at the Waitakere Meeting in Waitakere, New Zealand, just outside Auckland, under heavy rains that made the throwing circle slick.

The three-time Olympian threw 179-0 to finish behind local favorite Beatrice Faumuina who threw 190-8. Becky Breisch from the USA finished second with a toss of 188-5, with the lead in the competition changing hands several times.

Thurmond’s tour of New Zealand and Australia continues as she will throw in Sydney, Australia on February 28th.

Here’s how the former Husky described her day:

“The weather did not want to act right. We had a rain storm all morning and just when we thought it was going to let up it poured again. At least it was warm rain. The hard part about throwing in the rain is the grip of the ring and the grip of the discus. During warm ups we thought we would only get 1 or 2 legal throws and then be stopped due to the weather.

I felt pretty good technically in the ring but I had a hard time with the grip. I wasn’t able to put the spin on the discus it needed to fly far.”

Here’s video of one of Aretha’s throws, courtesy

NOTE: Aretha’s web site,, and the IAAF contributed to this report.

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