Jessica Cosby

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Jessica Cosby
Personal information
Born (1982-05-31) May 31, 1982 (age 32)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Country  United States
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Hammer throw
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.[1]

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.[2] She competed at the 2012 Olympic Games but again did not qualify for the final.[3] Jessica Cosby Toruga threw 71.72 meters to place 2nd at the 2014 US Outdoor championship on June 28.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
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