Gwen Berry

Gwen Berry

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Gwen Berry is a talented American athlete. Gwen Berry gained international fame for her records as a track and field athlete specializing in the hammer throw.

Early Life and Education

Gwen Berry was born on 29 June 1989 and she is currently 32 years old. She comes from St. Louis, Missouri, and her zodiac sign is Cancer. Likewise, her full name is Gwendolyn Denise Berry. Talking about her family, her mother is Laura Hayes and her father is Michael Berry. She attended McCluer High School and played basketball there. However, she started taking part in track in the off-season and later also competed in the triple jump.

In the year 2007, she attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where she studied for a degree in psychology and criminal justice. Berry later took up throwing events for the Southern Illinois Salukis collegiate team. As a result, this personality came 4th in the hammer throw at the 2008 USA Junior Championships.

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Caption: Gwen Berry during one of her games. Source: ESPN

Career and Professional life

Professionally, Gwen Berry is a track and field athlete. This athlete specializes in hammer throws. Berry marked 77.78 m or 255 feet 2 inches on 8 June 2018. This record ranks Berry #6 on the all-time list. Moreover, this athlete also holds the world record in the weight throw with a mark of 25.60 m or 83 feet 11+3⁄4 inches that she set in March 2017.

Likewise, this personality is a 3-time national champion in the weight throw at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. This athlete also won a gold medal in the hammer at the 2014 Pan American Sports Festival. In the year 2019, she became the champion of the Pan American Games.

Talking about her beginning, this athlete made her international debut for the United States in the year 2010. It was at the 2010 NACAC Under-23 Championships in Athletics. Berry took bronze in the hammer and the athletes who won gold and silver at this event were Heather Steacy and Jeneva McCall.

At the beginning of 2016, this athlete was dominant in the weight throw. As such, she won four straight meetings with throws over 24 meters. One of them was Berry’s 3rd career win at the 2016 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. For her records, this athlete ranks #1 globally. This athlete’s hammer throw was also much improved with consistent throws beyond 70 meters.

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Caption: Gwen Berry celebrating with the gold medalist – DeAnna Price – and silver medalist – Brooke Andersen – at the 2020 US Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on 26 June 2021. Source: New York Post

Support for U.S. national anthem kneeling protests

When she was awarded the gold medal for the hammer throw during the award ceremony at the 2019 Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, this athlete raised her fist at the end of the playing of The Star-Spangled Banner. She did this in protest against injustice in America and a president who’s making it worse.

Her protests led the U.S. Olympics as well as the Paralympic Committee to issue new guidelines. These guidelines allowed peaceful expressions of protest in support of racial and social justice for all human beings. Following her action at the 2019 Pan American Games, the International Olympic Committee reprimanded this athlete.

As a result, they placed her on probation for 12 months. Also, they prohibited Berry from any form of protest for a year. This action at the 2019 Pan American Games cost Berry sponsorships as well as had an estimated loss of $50,000.

Moreover, in June 2021, this athlete turned away from the U.S. flag when The Star-Spangled Banner was being played. This happened during the 2020 Tokyo Olympics’ U.S. Olympic track and field trials. As per a spokesperson for USA Track and Field, the national anthem is played every day according to a previously published schedule. However, on that day, the anthem was scheduled to be played at 5:20 p.m. but was played only at 5:25 p.m.

Regarding this incident, Berry claims that an official told her the anthem would play before she arrived on the podium. The athlete also accused critics of her protest of favoring patriotism over basic morality. For her continued activism in bringing awareness to and educating others on issues of social justice, Team Toyota named Berry their 2020 Humanitarian Award recipient.

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Caption: Gwen Berry during the June 2021 event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Source: The Guardian

Personal Life

Gwen Berry is most probably single at present. The American athlete has not shared any information or social media posts related to her relationships and romantic affairs. Either the athlete is an excellent secret keeper or she is indeed single at present. When Berry is ready to commit to a relationship, she is sure to have a number of people lining up ti become her lover based on her talent, skills, and beauty.

Body Measurements

Gwen Berry stands tall at a height of 5 feet 10 inches or 1.78 meters and her body weight is 88 kg or 194 lbs. Likewise, this athlete had dark brown eyes and curly hair of the same color. Other than these, Berry’s other body measurement details are still under review.

Social Media and Net Worth

Talking about her social media presence, Gwen Berry joined Twitter in April 2011. As of May 2022, her @MzBerryThrows account has more than 19.2K followers. Likewise, she is available on Instagram under the username @mzberrythrows_. This account currently boasts 45.3k followers. On the other hand, this Olympic athlete has a net worth of around $1 million to $5 million US dollars.