Olympic Newcomers Highlight Day 3 in Tokyo
EUGENE, Ore. – Day three of the track and field schedule in Tokyo featured a trio of UO Olympic newcomers with Charlie Hunter closing out his experience with a semifinal appearance in the men's 800 meters. Additionally, Jillian Weir and Aneta Konieczek made their Olympic debuts in the women's hammer and steeplechase, respectively.
Hunter recorded a time of 1:46.73 in the opening semifinal of the men's 800 meters, good for seventh in the heat and 19th overall. He sat in second through the first lap but couldn't hold the position over the final 200 meters of the race. Hunter posted a time of 1:45.91 in Saturday's opening round.
In the qualifying round of the women's hammer throw, Weir finished 11th in the first of two flights and placed 19th overall. Competing for Canada, the former UO standout opened the competition with a mark of 68.55m. After a foul in round two, Weir posted her best mark of the day at 68.68m/225-4 on her third attempt.
The opening round of the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase were contested during the hot and humid morning session. Konieczek finished heat two in a time of 10:07.25 which resulted in a 40th-place showing in her Olympic debut.
Day four of the athletics program includes opening rounds of the women's 200 meters (Jenna Prandini) and 1500 meters (Jessica Hull). Prandini will be returning to the track after a semifinalist showing in the 100 meters.
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