May 23, 2005
Former Bruin and three-time Olympic team member John Godina threw a lifetime-best and a world-leading mark (72-10) in the shot put on Sunday at the Adidas Classic. The meet, which was held at the Home Depot Center, the site of the 2005 USATF Senior and Junior National Championships (June 23-26), saw Godina out-distance the competition, as he won by almost five feet, moving him to the No.1 spot in the world.
Godina's throw ended a six-year drought in which he did not achieve a lifetime-best throw. His previous best of 72-3 was set at the USA Nationals meet in 1999.
Godina left his long-time coach Art Venegas and moved to Arizona with his new wife last year. Now, Godina trains with former Bruin Dave Dumble, the throws coach for Arizona State, and has found new success with his new life.
"I'm so excited for John and how successful he has become with his new environment and training," said Godina's former coach Art Venegas. "I'm so proud of him and Dave Dumble for what they have been able to do together."
"It's always great to see a former Bruin rise to the top and John will undoubtedly keep posting some big marks."
Godina will compete in a few more meets prior to USA's, but will return in June to the Home Depot Center where he will look for his fourth National shot put title.