Jessica Cosby

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Jessica Cosby
Personal information
Born (1982-05-31) May 31, 1982 (age 38)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Height1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Weight79 kg (174 lb)
Country United States
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 74.2 metres, achieved on May 22, 2014 in Tucson, Arizona.[1]

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.[2]

Cosby tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a six-year suspension for her second anti-doping rule violation in March 2017. Cosby tested positive for the presence of an exogenous anabolic-androgenic steroid (AAS) and/or its metabolites, which was confirmed by carbon isotope-ratio mass spectrometry (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as a result of an out-of-competition urine sample she provided on September 12, 2016.[3]

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.[4] She competed at the 2012 Olympic Games but again did not qualify for the final.[5] Jessica Cosby Toruga threw 71.72 meters to place 2nd at the 2014 US Outdoor championship on June 28.[6]

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 9th Shot put 14.93 m
2004 NACAC U23 Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 2nd Hammer 63.70 m
2007 NACAC Championships San Salvador, El Salvador 1st Hammer 65.15 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 15th (q) Hammer 67.90 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China Hammer NM
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 7th Hammer 72.17 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 11th Hammer 68.91 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 14th Hammer 69.65 m


  1. ^ "Jessica Cosby Toruga".
  2. ^ Cosby beats USADA in arbitration. ESPN (May 10, 2010). Retrieved on August 8, 2010.
  3. ^ [1] Retrieved on April 19, 2017.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ "hammer throw women results - Athletics - London 2012 Olympics".
  6. ^ "USATF Championships".

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