Former Bruin John Godina Finishes Ninth in the Shot Put

Aug. 18, 2004

Former Bruin and two-time American Olympic medalist John Godina (Mesa, Ariz.) finished ninth in the 2004 Olympic Games in the shot put on Wednesday in Olympia. The shot put was contested in the ruins of Olympia with close to 15,000 spectators in attendance. Godina posted his only legal throw in the third round with a toss of 20.19m/66-3, which placed him ninth - just one position shy of making the cut of the top eight throwers who get three more attempts each. The field announcer had declared Godina needed a throw of 20.07m/65-10.25 to make the cut, but Godina's hopes were dashed when he discovered he was ninth.

'I really do not understand what happened today,' said Godina. 'I warmed up throwing 22.50's in the other ring. I really thought I had made the final. Then they told me I was out. I should have won it. I screwed up. I'll definitely be back for another Olympics.'

Early Wednesday morning, in shot put qualifying, Godina surpassed the automatic qualifying mark with a throw of 64-8.75 on his second attempt to conclude his preliminary flight.

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