Sept. 11, 2000
LOS ANGELES--John Godina, who is already on the U. S. track and field team at the Summer Olympic Games competing in the men's discus, has added the men's shot put to his competition list because of an injury to C. J. Hunter. Hunter placed second at the U. S. Trials in the men's shot put but withdrew from The Games on Sunday because of a left knee injury that required surgery. Last July at the U. S. Trials, Hunter, husband of Marion Jones, was second in the men's shot put with a mark of 71-9. The top three finishers were selected for the U. S. team -- first-place Adam Nelson (72-7), Hunter and third-place Andy Bloom (70-10 3/4). Godina was fourth (69-2 1/2) and was the alternate in the event. Hunter underwent surgery eight days ago after injuring his left knee last month in London during weight training.
In the discus at the U. S. Trials, Godina placed second, with a mark of 208-8. This will be Godina's second consecutive Olympic Games representing the U. S. in both the men's shot put and discus.
In 1996 in Atlanta, Godina won a silver medal, placing second in the shot put. In '96, he became the first American men's track and field athlete since 1924 to make the U. S. Olympic team in both the shot put and discus. As a Bruin senior in 1995, Godina, from Cheyenne, WY, won his first world championship shot put title as well as the NCAA Outdoor shot put and discus crowns.
Godina is coached by UCLA men's head track and field coach Art Venegas. The track and field competition at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia is Sept. 22-30. .