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3 Salukis set for 2016 Olympics in Rio

(Source: Southern Illinois University) (Source: Southern Illinois University)
SOUTHERN ILLINOIS (KFVS) -

Three former Southern Illinois University student-athletes will compete in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

First-time Olympians DeAnna Price and Gwen Berry are set to compete in the hammer throw for Team USA. Hammer throw qualifications begin on August 12, with the final set for Aug. 15.

Price will become the third woman in NCAA history to win a NCAA hammer throw title and compete in the Olympics in the same year.

She joins Candice Scott, who won the 2004 NCAA title at the University of Florida and went on to represent Trinidad and Tobago at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and Eva Orban, who won the 2008 NCAA title at USC before representing Hungary at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.

A 2011 graduate and three-time All-American while at SIU, Berry qualified for the games after edging out Price for second place at the U.S. Olympic Trials. Both Price and Berry threw 239'-09" at the trials, but Berry was named the runner-up with a better second mark.

The women's head coach for Team USA at the 2016 Olympics is also an SIU alumna and four-time Olympian at the Bahamas Association of Athletic Associations National Championships.

The national record holder in the long jump with a personal-best leap of 22'-4.25", Stuart was a two-time All-American at SIU and returns to the Olympics for the second time. She finished in the long jump at the 2012 Olympics in London.

According to SIU, they have produced 29 Olympians dating back to 1956.

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