McCullough Provisionally Make U.S. Olympic Team|
July 6, 2016
Conor McCullough placed third in the men's hammer throw and provisionally made the U.S. Olympic team at the USA Track & Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ore. today (July 6). Since McCullough ranks 25th in the world and does not have the Olympic "A Standard," he has to wait until July 11 to make sure seven athletes do not pass him on the world descending order list.
McCullough (USC, 2015) opened the competition with a throw of 243-4 (74.16m) which put him in the lead after the first round of the second flight in the men's hammer throw. His second attempt went for 231-0 (70.41m) and he remained in first after two throws with the top nine after three rounds advancing to the finals with three more attempts. His third throw was not an improvement (234-4) and he advanced to the finals in second.
McCullough opened the finals (3 throws) with a mark of 226-3 (68.96m) and dropped to third with two throws remaining. He then had his second-best throw of the competition of 236-10 (72.18m) in round five, remaining in third with one round left. By the time he made his final throw he was safely in third and his last toss went for 234-2 (71.37m), so he finished the competition third.
Jade Grace (USC, 2012) began the day by placing 20th in the women's hammer throw. Grace opened with a foul, then had a throw of 198-5 (60.48) to move into seventh place in the first flight. She then fouled in the third round and finished eighth in the first flight, which ended up 20th overall.
Alitta Boyd (USC, 2013) competed in the women's triple jump on July 4. She finished 20th overall with a best jump of 43-3.00/13.18 (+2.3w).