Rowan Hamilton makes international splash at Pan-American Games

The Sardis secondary school student was the top 17 year old in hammer throw in Trujillo, Peru

Chilliwack’s Rowan Hamilton continued a busy month on the track, earning a top 10 finish at last weekend’s Pan-American U-20 Championships in Trujillo, Peru.

The teenager competed in hammer throw, placing seventh with a throw of 61.77 metres.

The winner, American Joshua Hernandez, had a winning mark of 72.55m, but he is two years older than Hamilton.

The Sardis secondary school student was the best of two 17 year olds finishing inside the top 10 in a field otherwise dominated by 18 and 19 year olds.

Hamilton, who trains with the Valley Royals Track and Field Club, beat his friend and friendly rival, Vikramjit Gondora (18), who had a top throw of 51.57m.

Both are trained by legendary coach Harold Willers.

Hamilton earned a measure of revenge beating Gondora.

Just two weeks ago the Abbotsford native topped him by the smallest of margins at the Canadian Track and Field Championships.

At that meet, held July 3-9 in Ottawa, ON., the two tied for top spot with identical throws of 62.37m, but Gondora won gold based on his second best throw while Hamilton settled for silver.

Find full Pan-American results online at athleticsnacac.org/per-panamericano-u20-trujillo-2017/

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