Tonight in Sacramento, California, former Mizzou star Christian Cantwell will try to qualify for the Olympic track and field team. Cantwell, who’s an Eldon Missouri native, is currently the top-ranked shot putter in the world and has the world’s longest throw of 73 feet, 11¾ inches for the season. Earlier this year, Cantwell won his first U.S. Championship at the USATF Indoor Championships in Boston, Mass. He followed by striking gold at the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Budapest, Hungary. Cantwell has won 14 straight shot put finals, with the second best thrower in the world two feet behind. USA, as of now, has the top four performers in the world. Cantwell’s competition will be stiff, with two-time Olympian John Godina, 2000 silver Olympic medalist Adam Nelson, and Reese Hoffa, 2004 World Indoor Runner-Up, being the top competitors for the top spots.
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