Camryn Rogers made history in her Olympic debut at Tokyo 2020 as she became the first Canadian woman to ever advance into an Olympic hammer throw final and went on to finish fifth overall with a best effort of 74.35m. She was the youngest competitor in the final by almost two years.
Rogers won the 2016 Canadian U20 titles in both shot put and hammer throw and made her major international meet debut later that year at the U20 World Athletics Championships, competing in hammer throw. In 2017 Rogers’ focus turned to the hammer throw and she repeated as the U20 Canadian champion. A few weeks after that she represented Canada at the U20 Pan American Championships and won the gold medal.
In 2018 Rogers made her second appearance at the U20 World Championships and won the gold medal. She would be awarded the Eric E. Coy Trophy as Canada’s top U20 track and field athlete of the year.
In 2019 she competed in her first senior Canadian Championships but came away with a familiar result: gold. She also made her debut with the senior national team at the Lima 2019 Pan Am Games, where she finished sixth.
After not competing in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Rogers eclipsed the Olympic entry standard with a personal best throw of 73.09m in April 2021 during an NCAA meet in Eugene, Oregon. It was the fourth-best all-time mark in the NCAA. She bettered that at the NCAA Championships in early June as she threw 75.52m to win the NCAA title. That ranked her as the fifth-best athlete in the world on the season and broke her own Canadian U23 record.
Rogers competes collegiately for the University of California. As a freshman she finished on the podium in every event of the season, claiming bronze at the PAC-12 Championships before a 13th place finish at the NCAA West prelims. In 2019 as a sophomore with the Bears, she won the PAC-12 and NCAA titles. Her 71.50m to win the national title set a then-personal best and then U23 national record.
A Little More About Camryn
Getting into the Sport: Was introduced to track and field in January 2012 and entered her first competition that April… Fell in love with hammer throw the moment she first picked one up and competed with it in June 2012… While watching the hammer throwers wide-eyed at London 2012 she knew she wanted to compete for Canada… Outside Interests: Studying to become an environmental lawyer… Hobbies include reading, watching documentaries, hiking and biking, going to concerts… Odds and Ends: Always brings a silver pendant given to her by her high school coach to each competition… Brings back coffee beans from places where she competes to experience the uniqueness of the coffee from different countries… Favourite motto: “Never train to settle”…
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Notable International Results
Olympic Games: 2020 - 5th (hammer throw)
Pan American Games: 2019 - 6th (hammer throw)
World Athletics Championships (U20): 2018 - GOLD (hammer throw); 2016 - 24th (hammer throw)
Pan American Championships (junior): 2017 - GOLD (hammer throw)