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Former Rebel finishes 10th in hammer throw at the World Championships

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UNLV track and field thrower Amanda Bingson begins a throw during practice Tuesday. Bingson, a sophomore, recently set a new UNLV hammer throw record of 183 feet, 4 inches.

Despite two faults in the finals, Silverado High and UNLV product Amanda Bingson placed 10th in the hammer throw Friday at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow. She faulted on throws one and three but measured 238 feet on her second attempt.

The performance marks an 18-spot improvement in the standings compared to last year’s London Olympics, where Bingson placed 28th overall. On Friday, she was competing against several women who have dominated the sport in recent years, including Russia’s Tatyana Lysenko and Poland’s Anita Wlodarczyk. Those two finished first and second at last year’s Olympics and matched that feat again in Moscow.

Bingson has enjoyed a lot of success in her second year competing at the international level. In June at the Drake Relays, Bingson twice set a new American record, pushing the mark to 248-5. That throw would have been good enough for third place at the World Championships.

Taylor Bern can be reached at 948-7844 or tay[email protected]. Follow Taylor on Twitter at twitter.com/taylorbern.

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