John Godina Captures UCLA's First Olympic Medal

Sept. 22, 2000

John Godina won the first medal for UCLA at the 2000 Olympic Games, capturing the bronze in the shot put with a mark of 69-6 3/4. Finland's Arsi Harju won the gold with a distance of 69-10 1/4, followed by silver medalist Adam Nelson of the USA, who threw for 69-7.

In the qualifying round, Godina had the second-best mark (67-6 1/4), behind Harju's 70-2 1/4.

For Godina, this is his second Olympic medal. He won the silver in the shot put in 1996 at Atlanta. Godina placed fourth in this event at the U. S. Trials in July but became part of the U. S. contingent when C. J. Hunter, who placed second at the Trials, pulled out of the Olympics because of a knee injury.

Godina has a chance at a second medal in the men's discus competition, which begins on Sunday with qualifying, with the finals on Monday.

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