May 31, 1982 |
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Weight||79 kg (174 lb)|
|Updated on August 14, 2012.|
Jessica Cosby (born May 31, 1982) is an American hammer thrower. She competed at the 2007 World Championships and the 2008 Olympic Games without reaching the final. Her personal best throw is 72.21 metres, achieved on August 20, 2009 in Berlin, Germany, which brought her seventh place at the 2009 World Championships.
Shortly after the 2009 Championships, she failed a random, out-of-competition drug test. She explained that the banned diuretic had entered her system as a result of taking a water pill to aid urination. Cosby said that depression, brought on by a series of personal and sporting setbacks (including losing her coach and her job), had left her unable to pass water and that her mother had given her the pill. Following an arbitration meeting with the US Anti-Doping Agency, the panel accepted her version of events and she received a reduced ban of four months.
Cosby was runner-up at the 2010 USA Outdoor Championship, but won the national title in the hammer the following year. She reached the final at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and placed eleventh overall. She set a new personal record at the 2012 Prefontaine Classic, throwing the implement 74.19 m for fourth place. She competed at the 2012 Olympic Games but again did not qualify for the final. Jessica Cosby Toruga threw 71.72 meters to place 2nd at the 2014 US Outdoor championship on June 28.
|Representing the United States|
|2004||NACAC U23 Championships||Sherbrooke, Canada||2nd||63.70 m|
|2007||NACAC Championships||San Salvador, El Salvador||1st||65.15 m|
|World Championships||Osaka, Japan||15th (q)||67.90 m|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||—||NM|
|2009||World Championships||Berlin, Germany||7th||72.17 m|
|2011||World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||11th||68.91 m|
|2012||Olympic Games||London, United Kingdom||14th||69.65 m|
- Cosby beats USADA in arbitration. ESPN (May 10, 2010). Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
- Gains, Paul (June 2, 2012). Dibaba 30:24.39 and Kiprop 27:01.98 on stunning but wet first night in Eugene – Samsung Diamond League. IAAF. Retrieved on June 3, 2012.
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