Reese Hoffa makes London Olympics debut

9:00 AM, Aug 3, 2012   |    comments
Reese Hoffa of the United States competes in the Men's Shot Put qualification on Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
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LONDON -- The U.S. men's shot putters had little problem throwing off any Olympic jitters Friday morning and throwing their way into Friday night's final.

Reese Hoffa of Athens, Ga. was the top qualifier with a mark of 70 feet, 1 inch (21.36 meters), which bested the automatic qualifying mark of 67-9 (20.65).

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Hoffa, 34, a former world champion, accomplished the mark on his first throw.

"Just looking forward to the final now," Hoffa said. "Just get some rest and get ready. Keep my mind focused on throwing."

"The ring is in great shape," he said. "It's perfect."

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Ryan Whiting, 25, qualified fourth and Christian Cantwell, 31, the 2008 Olympic silver medalist, ninth in the 12-man field.

(USA Today)

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