Feb. 19, 2003
Two-time Olympic medalist John Godina posted a throw of 67-3 Friday (Feb. 14) to win the first-ever Titan Games shot put competition in San Jose, CA. A U.S. Olympic Committee-sponsored, multi-sport festival employing a USA vs. The World format, the Titan Games continued last Saturday (Feb. 15) with indoor competition in other Olympic sports.
In an event tailored to the Titan Games, the shot put went mainstream with a unique outdoor showcase featuring the top shot putters in the world. Godina, ranked No. 3 in the world in 2002, finished ahead of 2000 Olympic silver medalist Adam Nelson, whose best throw on Friday was 66-9.50. Nelson in 2002 was ranked No. 1 in the World in the shot put.
Completing the American sweep on the medal stand was Iowa State alumni Jamie Beyer with his best throw of 63-7.75. Fourth-place finisher was John Davis (Long Beach), also with a top mark of 63-7.75 and South Africa's Janus Robberts placed fifth (61-9).