Bruin Men's Track Update from the 2003 World Outdoor Championships

Aug. 25, 2003

At the 2003 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships, held at the Stade de France in Paris, former Bruin greats John Godina and Meb Keflezighi competed over the weekend.

On Saturday, defending World shot put champion Godina placed ninth with a throw of 65-1.25 (19.84m). Godina won the world title in 1995, '97 and 2001. As a Bruin, he was a five-time NCAA Champion (1995-outdoor shot put/discus, indoor shot put; 1994-outdoor discus, indoor shot put) and set the collegiate shot put record at 72-2.25 (1995).

John Godina: "I screwed up my first throw, it came off my hand and ripped back my finger. On my second throw it felt okay but it didn't go anywhere. On the third throw I tried a safe throw to get into the final and they called a foul. They checked the video on an appeal to see if it was a foul, and they still said it was a foul. I disagree with them, but it's my own fault that my first two throws put me in that position. I can't blame an official when I could've done the job on my first two throws easily."

On Sunday, Keflezighi placed 16th in the 10,000m in 28:35.08. It was an improvement from the 2001 World Championships, where he placed 23rd. Keflezighi is the American record holder in the 10,000m at 27:13.98 (2001). As a Bruin, he was a four-time NCAA Champion (1997-indoor 5,000m, outdoor 5,000m/10,000m and cross country).

Meb Keflezighi: "It was a very tough race. As it went on, they picked up the pace and I wasn't able to keep up with them."

For complete results from the 2003 World Outdoor Track and Field Championships, please go to http://www.iaaf.org/WCH03/results/.

Quotes courtesy of USATF


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