Dempsey McGuigan Finishes Sixth in Hammer at Commonwealth Games
April 8, 2018

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– Rebel All-American Dempsey McGuigan competed and succeeded on a global stage late last night (2 p.m. local time), making the final and snaring sixth place in the hammer throw at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia.

McGuigan, a 2016 First-Team All-American in the hammer for Ole Miss, had one of the most consistent series of his career at Carrara Stadium last night, hitting 220 feet or further on all six of his attempts. McGuigan made it into the final with his second attempt at 68.73m (225-06) before unleashing a toss of 70.24m (230-05) on his fifth attempt to seal his spot in sixth place – the second-best throw of his career behind his Ole Miss school record of 70.55m (231-05) from the 2017 Mt. SAC Relays.

“It was my second-best ever throw,” McGuigan told Athletics Northern Ireland. “I’m happy with the place and the distance - and with doing it on this stage. I’ve had it in the past where I’ve let the stadium and the crowd get to me. After warm-ups and after my first throws, I felt I could get close to my best. There is a lot of pressure, but as long as you get a decent early throw, you can push on.”

“It was the best meet of his career,” said Ole Miss throws coach John Smith. “He threw far on the big stage, and that makes him a real thrower.”

This wasn’t the first global competition for McGuigan, who also competed for Ireland at the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships.

McGuigan competed for Ole Miss during the indoor season – breaking the school record in the weight throw at 21.11m (69-03.25) – but did not have any remaining outdoor eligibility. McGuigan is currently finishing his degree at Ole Miss general studies with minors in business administration, legal studies and recreation administration.

Field Series:

1. 67.08m (220-01)

2. 68.73m (225-06)
3. 67.80m (222-05)
4. 67.33m (220-10)
5. 70.24m (230-05)

6. 68.27m (223-11)


The Commonwealth Games have been conducted every four years since 1930 (Hamilton, Canada), with the exception of 1942 and 1946 due to World War II. This year’s games mark the 21st Commonwealth Games, and the fifth time that Australia has hosted.

The Games feature more than 6,600 athletes from 71 different nations and territories from the 53 nations that constitute the Commonwealth of Nations – which include a number of British overseas territories, Crown dependencies and island states that compete under their own flags.

For more information on the Commonwealth Games, visit the main site HERE and the history section HERE.


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