Julia Ratcliffe

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Julia Ratcliffe
Julia Ratcliffe Gold Coast.jpg
Julia Ratcliffe with 2018 Commonwealth Games Gold medal
Personal information
NationalityNew Zealand
Born (1993-07-14) 14 July 1993 (age 26)
Hamilton, New Zealand
ResidenceHamilton, New Zealand
EducationPrinceton University[1]
Height1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)[2]
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Sport
Country New Zealand
SportTrack and field athletics
Event(s)Hammer throw
College teamPrinceton Tigers
ClubHamilton City Hawks
Coached byDave Ratcliffe

Julia Susan Ratcliffe (born 14 July 1993) is a New Zealand track and field athlete who specialises in the hammer throw. She won the Gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, having won the Silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.[3]

Ratcliffe attended Waikato Diocesan School for Girls.[4] In 2017, she graduated from Princeton University, majoring in Economics with a certificate in Political Economy. While at Princeton she broke the Ivy League record for the indoor 20 lb weight throw in her first competition with the implement. In her first outdoor competition she broke the Ivy League record in the hammer throw. In 2014, she was unbeaten in the NCAA, was the NCAA Division 1 Hammer Throw champion and was awarded the USTFCCCA Division 1 Outdoor Field Scholar Athlete of the year. She currently holds the New Zealand national record in the hammer throw with a distance of 71.39 m set in June 2019.

International results – Hammer[edit]

Year Event Location Place
2008 Pacific School Games Canberra 1st[5]
2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival Sydney 1st[6]
2009 IAAF World Youth Championships Brixen 10th[7]
2010 Oceania Youth Championships Sydney 1st[8]
2010 Youth Olympic Games Singapore 11th[9]
2012 Bauhaus Junioren-Gala Mannheim 1st[10]
2012 IAAF World Junior Championships Barcelona 4th[11]
2013 World University Games Kazan 8th[12]
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow 2nd[3]
2015 World University Games Gwangju 3rd[13]
2017 IAAF World Championships in Athletics London 26th
2017 World University Games Taipei 11th
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast 1st[14]
2019 Oceania Championships Townsville 1st[15]

Records – Hammer[edit]

Year Record Distance
2008 Pacific School Games – Girls 15 years 46.90m[5][16]
2008 New Zealand Secondary Schools – Junior Girls (3 kg) 56.02m[17]
2009 Australian Youth Olympic Festival 51.94m[6][18]
2010 New Zealand – Women Under 17 (4 kg) 56.68m[19][20]
2011 Oceania – Women Under 18 (4 kg) 62.28m[19][20]
2011 New Zealand Secondary Schools – Senior Girls (4 kg) 57.67m[17]
2011 New Zealand – Women Under 18 (4 kg) 62.28m[19][20]
2012 New Zealand – Women Under 19 64.21m[19]
2013 Oceania – Women Under 20 67.00m[21]
2013 New Zealand – Women Under 20 68.80m[19]
2014 Ivy League 70.28m[22]
2016 New Zealand – Women - Resident 69.93m[19]
2016 New Zealand – Women - Allcomers 69.93m[19]
2019 New Zealand – Women 71.39m[19]
2019 Oceania – Women 71.39m[23]

Commonwealth best performances – Hammer[edit]

Year Best Performance Distance
2010 Commonwealth – Youth - 4 kg 61.32m[24]
2012 Commonwealth – Junior 67.00m[25]

Best Performance – 20lb Indoor Weight[edit]

Year Best Performance Meeting Distance
2017 New Zealand Indoor – Women Ivy League Heptagonals 20.45m[26]

Other sports[edit]

Julia played field hockey for Waikato Diocesan School, captained Waikato Hockey representative teams at three different age levels and was a member of the Waikato representative team that won the national under 14 tournament in 2005.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ College team bio
  2. ^ 2017 Universiade bio
  3. ^ a b Leggat, David (29 July 2014). "Commonwealth Games: Silver in shot put and hammer throw". The New Zealand Herald. Retrieved 29 July 2014.
  4. ^ Geenty, Mark (29 July 2014). "Julia Ratcliffe wins silver in hammer throw". Waikato Times. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
  5. ^ a b "2008 Pacific School Games Track & Field Results". Pacific School Games. 3 December 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Julia Ratcliffe sets NZ W16 Hammer Record and Weekly Roundup". Athletics New Zealand. 19 January 2009. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  7. ^ "6th IAAF World Youth Championships – Women – Hammer Throw – Final". IAAF. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  8. ^ "Oceania Under 18 Championships". Oceania Athletics. 14 March 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  9. ^ "Singapore and the First Youth Olympics". Athletics New Zealand. 14 October 2010. Archived from the original on 13 April 2013. Retrieved 3 March 2013.
  10. ^ "Bauhaus Junioren Gala 2012 in Mannheim". Leichtathletik. 23 June 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  11. ^ "14th IAAF World Junior Championships – Women – Hammer Throw – Final Results". IAAF. 14 July 2012. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  12. ^ "Women's Hammer Throw Final". FISU. 10 July 2013. Archived from the original on 7 July 2013. Retrieved 10 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Women's Hammer Throw Final". FISU. 11 July 2015. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 16 July 2015.
  14. ^ "Athletes:Athletics Profile".
  15. ^ Template:Url=https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/oceania-championships-townsville-2019-parnova
  16. ^ In 2008 the weight used for this age group was 4 kg. There have been no further competitions but it expected that the weight for this age will be 3 kg should further competitions be held.
  17. ^ a b "NZSSAA Records" (PDF). NZSSAA. 14 December 2011. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  18. ^ In 2009 the weight used was 4 kg. In accordance with the IAAF the weight was changed to 3 kg in 2012.
  19. ^ a b c d e f g h "Athletics New Zealand Records and Rankings". Athletics New Zealand. 1 March 2013. Retrieved 1 March 2013.
  20. ^ a b c These performances were achieved with the designated weight for Youth age (Under 18) athletes at the time, which was 4 kg. It has subsequently been changed to 3 kg.
  21. ^ "IAAF: Hammer Throw - women - u20 - outdoor | iaaf.org". iaaf.org. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  22. ^ "Women's Track & Field Wins Four Events Highlighted by Ratcliffe's Record".
  23. ^ https://www.iaaf.org/news/report/oceania-championships-townsville-2019-parnova. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  24. ^ "Hammer Throw – Women – Youth – Outdoor – All-time best". IAAF. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  25. ^ "Hammer Throw – Women – Junior – Outdoor – All-time best". IAAF. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 23 February 2013.
  26. ^ "TFRRS – Julia Ratcliffe". TFRRS. 12 March 2017. Retrieved 12 March 2017.

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