John Godina Wins USA Indoor Shot Title and Visa Championships Crown

March 4, 2005

BOSTON, MA - At the 2005 USA Indoor Track & Field Championships last Saturday (Feb. 26), three-time world outdoor champion and two-time Olympic medalist John Godina showed that, even at age 32, he intends to continue to add to his exhaustive resume.

The three-time world indoor medalist usurped fellow shot putter Adam Nelson in the race for USA Track & Field's Visa Championship, uncorking a world-leading throw of 21.83 meters/71 feet, 7.5 inches in the Visa men's shot put at the Reggie Lewis Center. His throw was worth 1,230 points using IAAF scoring tables, putting him well ahead of previous Visa Championship leader Adam Nelson, whose toss of 21.66/71-0.75 at the Reebok Boston Indoor Games on January 30 had put him was the previous leader with 1,220 points.

Last Saturday, Godina put together an impressive series of throws in a competition that most observers felt would produce the 2005 Visa Champion. With three men throwing over 70 feet, that feeling could be well-founded.

Godina wasted no time in staking his claim to the Visa Championship, worth $25,000 and a trip to a premiere Visa event. His first-round, 2005 world-leading throw of 21.83meters/71 feet, 7.5 inches gave him the win and broke Ulf Timmerman's meet record of 21.63m/70-11.75, set in 1987. The rest of Godina's series was nearly as impressive as he threw 21.33m/69-11.75, 21.31m/69-11, 20.73m/68-0.25, 21.47m/70-5.5, and 21.12/69-3.5.

'I thought for sure that I'd won (after his winning throw) but those guys kept trying, Adam (Nelson) and Reese (Hoffa) especially. I'm not going to lie, it was a good, good throw for indoors. I thought it was about 73.'

2004 world indoor silver medalist Reese Hoffa, two-time Olympic silver medalist Nelson and 2004 world indoor champion Christian Cantwell all gave chase in an attempt to wrest the U.S. title and cash prize from their compatriot. Hoffa's fifth-round throw of 21.74m/71-4 is the #2 throw in the world this year, but it wasn't enough to unseat Godina.

(About his training): 'I'm very determined to stick to a plan, even if it costs me some early meets. I'm going to stick to it. It's fun to win one again because we all trade off all the time. I knew what we were doing was working.'

Juaune Armon, who concluded his eligibility for the Bruins last Spring, also faired well at USA Indoors, placing third in the long jump with a leap of 25-4.50. Armon was a three-time All-American in the long jump while competing for UCLA , most recently, placing fourth in the long jump with a season wind-aided best of 26-0 at the NCAA Outdoor last spring.

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