Godina and Keflezighi Head to Finland for World Track Championships

Aug. 5, 2005

Former Bruins John Godina and Meb Keflezighi will head to Helsinki, Finland August 6-14 for the World Track and Field Championships. Godina, competing in the shot put, and Keflezighi, running the 10,000m, will both vie for an individual gold medal at the meet.

Godina earned his spot on the U.S. team after a third-place finish at the USATF Senior National Championships last month with a throw of (68-10.50). Earlier this year, he posted a new lifetime-best and the world-leading mark in the shot put at the Adidas Classic (72-10). Along with fellow Americans Christian Cantwell and Adam Nelson, the American trio could sweep the medal stand in Finland (an American sweep has never been done in the shot put) as all three have some of the top throws in the world this year.

Although hampered by injuries and illness the weeks leading up to World's, Godina is still positive about the possible outcome in Finland.

"After the New York meet, I injured my foot," said Godina. "It spiraled into other injuries. Elbow on the right side, then elbow on the left side. I've had a little bit of a hand injury as well, then I got a stomach virus in England last week. I'm just trying to hold on here. I'm pretty confident. Looking back I think we've handled everything properly after the injuries occurred. We've done what we could. I don't think there's anything we could have done better, so now it's just a matter of how much can you get out of it. How much will the body give you, so I'm kind of at the mercy of that."

Godina has one three outdoor world titles and hopes to bring home a fourth gold this year.

Also heading to Finland is the 2004 Olympic Silver Medalist in the marathon, Meb Keflezighi. Keflezighi, narrowly missed winning the USATF Senior National 10,000m title in June (28:10.57) after Abdi Abdirahman nipped him at the line (28:10.38). The American Record Holder in the 10,000m (27:13.98, 2001), Keflezighi has a strong shot at the podium.

In 2004, he became the first American to medal in the marathon since 1976, finishing second in 2:11.29. Keflezighi also placed second in the ING New York Marathon in 2004 (2:09.52). This will be his second World Championship meet.

Results will be available at the IAAF Website


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