EUGENE, Ore. -- Former Georgia thrower Reese Hoffa launched a world-leading mark in the shot put to win the U.S. Olympic Trials and clinch a spot to his third straight Olympics at the University of Oregon's Hayward Field on Sunday.
Hoffa, a five-time All-American for the Bulldogs from 1998-2001, let go of a 72 feet, 2 ¼ inch effort on his third attempt to top second-place finisher Ryan Whiting (71-0.75) by more than a foot. Christian Cantwell (69-9.75) took third and will join Hoffa and Whiting as the U.S. contingent in the shot put during the Games in London.
Hoffa, an Augusta native, won the 2008 Trials before finishing seventh at the 2008 Games in Beijing. He is the second former Bulldog to clinch a spot in the Olympics in the last week. Competing for the Bulldogs during the 2000 season, Kibwe Johnson won the hammer throw at the Trials in Beaverton, Ore., on Thursday. He already had an "A" standard mark and will now be competing at his first Olympics.
Georgia also had freshman Morgann Leleux and former Lady Bulldog Kat Majester compete in the women's pole vault on Sunday. Majester cleared her first two heights on opening attempts, including a career-best height of 14-5.25 to take fifth.
Leleux, who was the runner-up at both the NCAA indoor and outdoor meets and the 2012 Southeastern Conference outdoor champion, tied for 13th after reaching a height of 13-11.25.
Live results and a recap from the Olympic Trials will be posted at georgiadogs.com.
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