Illinois alum Gia Lewis-Smallwood set a new personal-best in her victory at the Hanzekovic Memorial.
Sep 4, 2013
ZAGREB, Croatia --Former Illinois women's track and field athlete Gia Lewis-Smallwood (1998-01) won the women's discus throw at the Hanzekovic Memorial on Tuesday. The meet is part of the IAAF World Challenge Meetings and takes place in Zagreb, Croatia. The Champaign, Ill. native set a new personal-best mark of 66.29m, which is also the fifth-longest throw in the world this year and the longest throw ever recorded by an American in competition outside of the United States.
Lewis-Smallwood defeated 2012 Olympic Champion and 2013 World Champion Sandra Perkovic in her hometown of Zagreb. Perkovic threw a mark of 65.63m to place second in her first loss since July of 2012. Germany's Nadine Muller threw a mark of 62.55m to place third.
Lewis-Smallwood's next competition will be the Diamond League Final in Brussels, Belgium on Friday, Sept. 6 at 6:20 p.m. in Brussels (11:20 a.m. CT). She is currently ranked third in the Diamond League Standings in the women's discus throw.
Hanzekovic Memorial Women's Discus Throw Final Results
1. Gia Lewis-Smallwood (USA), 66.29m
2. Sandra Perkovic (CRO), 65.63m
3. Nadine Muller (GER), 62.55m
4. Zinaida Sendriute (LTU), 62.15m
5. Zaneta Glanc (POL), 61.10m