Five Former and One Current Bruin Set to Compete in Athens Olympics
July 19, 2004
One current and five former Bruins will be heading to Athens, Greece for the Olympic Games this August. Meb Keflezighi (UCLA '99) will compete in the 10,000m and marathon, while John Godina (UCLA '96) will compete in the shot put. Former UCLA coach Bob Larsen will coach the U.S. men's distance team in Greece. Junior Yoo Kim will compete in the pole vault for South Korea.
Keflezighi, whose main focus will be on the marathon at the Olympic Games, finished first in the 10,000m race, breaking the U.S. Olympic Trials record and the hand-timed U.S. Championships record with a time of 27:36.49. He is the American Record Holder in the 10,000m.
Godina finished third in the shot put with a throw of 69-2. He will be competing in his third Olympic Games. Godina was scheduled to compete in the discus, but pulled out of the event.
Malachi Davis will also head to Greece, but with the Great Britain National Team. Davis will compete in the 400m and 4x400m relay teams.
Ato Boldon will represent Trinidad/Tobago at the Olympic Games. He will compete in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay races.
Junior Yoo Kim will compete for South Korea in the pole vault. Kim is the South Korean record-holder with a mark of 18-4.50, and earned All-American honors this past season after finishing second at the NCAA Championships with the record-setting jump.
The final U.S. Olympic Team roster will be announced on August 9.