UPDATE: Cantwell reaches finals for men's shot-put in London

Friday, August 3, 2012 | 10:21 a.m. CDT; updated 11:52 p.m. CDT, Friday, August 3, 2012
United States' Christian Cantwell prepares for an attempt in the men's shot-put qualification at the Olympic Stadium in London on Friday.

A throw of 66 feet and 11.54 inches in the qualifying round of the men's shot-put earned Christian Cantwell a spot in the final round later today. 

Cantwell, a resident of Columbia and former MU shot-putter, ended up ninth in the qualifying round. His American teammates Reese Hoffa and Ryan Whiting also qualified and ended up first and fourth respectively in the qualifying round.


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Cantwell did beat out his Belarussian rival Andrei Mikhnevich, who came in 17th  and didn't qualify for the finals, but Cantwell will have to face Poland's Tomasz Majewski again in the finals. Majewski beat Cantwell in the 2008 Beijing Olympics for the gold medal. Cantwell won the silver.

The finals will take place at 2 p.m. CDT. 


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