Godina and Keflezighi Falter at World Track Championships

Aug. 8, 2005

Former Bruin greats Meb Keflezighi and John Godina faltered at the World Track and Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland as both failed to medal in their respective events.

Godina, competing in the shot put on Sunday, failed to advance to the finals in his event, finishing 18th overall (8th in his flight) with a toss of 64-1.25. Over the past few months, Godina has struggled with injuries, ranging from a foot problem and pain in both elbows, as well as a bout of sickness the past week.

It was a disappointing meet for Godina who was one of the favorites going into the meet for a top spot on the podium. Prior to the World Championships, Godina had the farthest mark in the world this year (72-10, lifetime-best), which he set at the Adidas Classic in May.

In the men's 10,000m, it was another disappointing day for a former Bruin as Keflezighi failed to finish the race. Keflezighi, the American Record Holder (27:13.98) was a strong candidate for a top spot at World's, but never made it to the finish line.

"My quad just tightened up," said Keflezighi. "I've been nursing it since Tuesday. It just tightened up. I felt like I was going to tear it up so I just ran off. I tried to get going, trying to loosen it up, but I knew I was not going to be able to do so."


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