Armstrong advances to shot put finals
Aug. 3, 2012
LONDON -- Former Longhorn Dylan Armstrong kept his dreams alive for an Olympic medal Friday morning by advancing to the finals of the shot put.
Armstrong posted a mark of 20.49 meters (67-2.75) on his third and final attempt, which was good for third in the second of two qualifying flights.
His toss was seventh among the 12 competitors who will compete for gold at 2:30 p.m. (CDT) Friday.
"The hard part's over," Armstrong told the Globe and Mail. "That's always the hard part. In the qualification, the nerves are high and the pressure's on just to make the final. Now I can go back and relax and try and bang one out there tonight."
The 31-year old Armstrong will be seeking his first Olympic medal. He finished fourth at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and is one of the favorites at this year's Games. He was first at the Canadian Olympic Trials with a toss of 21.29m (69-10.25).
Competitors in the finals get three initial throws and then the top eight receive three more attempts with the best overall mark earning gold.
Reese Hoffa of the United States had the top mark in the qualifying round with a toss of 21.36 (70-1).
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2012 Olympic Track & Field Information
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