Conor McCullough
Medal record
Men's athletics
Representing the  United States
World Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 2010 Moncton Hammer throw
Silver medal – second place 2008 Bydgoszcz Hammer throw
Pan American Games
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Toronto Hammer throw

Conor McCullough (born January 31, 1991) is an American hammer thrower. He is a two-time medalist (one gold, one silver) at the World Junior Championships. While competing for Chaminade College Preparatory School he set the US high school record at four contested hammer weights - 11 lb (263' 9"), 12 lb (260' 0"), 13.2 lb (248' 11") and 16 lb (219' 7").[1][2] He also set the record in the Indoor Weight Throw at 93' 3¼". He set his personal best 78.12 m (256 ft 3 in) using the senior implement on his final throw while winning the 2019 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.

Career

At the 2008 World Junior Championships in Athletics, McCullough won a silver medal behind compatriot Walter Henning in a personal best throw of 75.88 m (with a six-kilogram ball).[3] Two years later, after competing for Princeton University, at the 2010 World Junior Championships in Athletics, McCullough won gold with a distance of 80.79 m, a national junior and championship record.[4] In 2012 McCullough qualified for the Olympic Trials; there he finished just out of the medals with a throw of 73.55, leaving him in the fourth place position.[5]

His father, Connor McCullagh, competed in the hammer throw for Ireland and was in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics.[6]

USC's Conor McCullough was granted a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA and competed in both the indoor season, finishing second in the weight throw at the 2015 NCAA Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships and the outdoor season, winning the 2015 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships. McCullough began his career at Princeton University and enrolled at USC in 2014. He was hammer runner up in 76.09m (249-7) at 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships.[7] At the 2015 World Championships he was the top American, finishing the qualifying round in 13th place, just missing making the final by .20 m (7+34 in). In 2016 McCullough competed in the Olympic Games and again finished as the top american with a 16th place finish.

Personal bests

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Hammer throw 75.09 Lucerne, Switzerland 2012
Hammer throw 78.14 Des Moines, Iowa 2019

References

  1. ^ Shepard, Jack (2009). High School Track 2010. Jack Shepard.
  2. ^ "U.S. High School Hammer Throw Performance List - RITCA". Archived from the original on November 11, 2013. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  3. ^ "2008 World Junior Championships - Men's hammer throw (final)" (PDF). IAAF. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  4. ^ "2010 World Junior Championships - Men's hammer throw (final)" (PDF). IAAF. Archived from the original (PDF) on October 25, 2012. Retrieved July 25, 2010.
  5. ^ "USA Track & Field - Results". usatf.org. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "USC's McCullough Granted Sixth Year Of Eligibility - University of Southern California Official Athletic Site". usctrojans.com. Retrieved November 13, 2016.
  7. ^ "Men Hammer Throw SR". flashresults.com. Retrieved November 13, 2016.