Lauren Bruce (NZL) has thrown 5.30m Personal Best to break fellow Kiwi, Julia Ratcliffe Area Hammer Throw Record. 

Her throw of 73.47, at a meet in Hawkes Bay takes her up to 57th on the World All time list. 

The former gymnast, who at 14 years old had to give up Gymnastics due to a stress fracture in her back, decided then to continue with athletics, and what a great choice that has turned out to be. 

In 2016, Bruce earnt her first New Zealand singlet, competiting in the Hammer and Discus at the World Under 20 Championships. Last year, she finished 4th in the Hammer Throw at the Area Championships, the same meet that Ratcliffe first set the Area Record. 

Under the guidance of Dale Stevenson, one of the world’s best rotational throws coaches, she has continued to improve. She has now shown she is capable of throwing over the automatic qualifier for Tokyo 2020+1, she will have to do it again once the qualification window reopens on December 1st. Currently ranked 31st, and inside the quota based on rankings, Bruce wont be leaving anything to chance and will be after an automatic qualifier of 72.50 come December 1. 

HAMMER THROW

21.65                          Melissa ETTINGHAUSEN                            AUS                                               1                  Paramatta                 02.11.80

23.16                          Diana PRENC                                                AUS                                               1                  Sydney                       14.02.81

23.72                          Anne-Maree DONALDSON                        AUS                                               1                  Springwood              15.03.81

37.42                          Beverley FRANCIS                                       AUS           150255                       1                  Sydney                       07.08.82

40.56                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Sydney                       09.02.86

44.30                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Sydney                       20.12.86

43.40                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Sydney                       21.02.88

45.74                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Perth                          27.03.88

46.84                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Canberra                   04.11.89

47.16                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Canberra                   10.01.90

48.90                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Canberra                   11.03.90

49.52                          Bernardette SERONE                                  AUS           111068                       1                  Melbourne                31.03.90

49.80                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       2                  Adelaide                    06.03.92

51.04                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Canberra                   14.03.92

53.14                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       02.01.93

53.60                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       09.01.93

58.90                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Hobart                       17.01.93

60.30                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       29.01.94

61.46                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       12.02.94

62.38                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       19.02.94

62.66                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Auckland                    28.01.95

63.04                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       11.02.95

63.22                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       03.03.95

63.92                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       21.03.95

65.24                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Birmingham              15.07.95

65.68                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Melbourne                01.03.97

66.72                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Melbourne                14.03.98

67.16                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Sydney                       10.08.98

67.22                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       1                  Brisbane                    06.09.00

67.95                          Debbie SOSIMENKO                                    AUS           050474                       5                  Sydney                       29.09.00

68.73                          Bronwyn EAGLES                                         AUS           230380                       1                  Canberra                   18.02.01

68.83                          Bronwyn EAGLES                                         AUS           230380                       1                  Hobart                       11.03.01

70.19                          Bronwyn EAGLES                                         AUS           230380                       1                  Calgary                      30.07.01

71.12                          Bronwyn EAGLES                                         AUS           230380                       1                  Adelaide                    06.03.03

71.39                          Julia RATCLIFFE                                            NZL           140793                       1                  Townsville                 28.06.19

72.35                          Julia RATCLIFFE                                            NZL           140793                       1                  Hamilton                   15.02.20