Cantwell fouls out

Peterson makes 800 final, other hopefuls falter at Olympic Trials.
Sunday, July 11, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:25 a.m. CDT, Sunday, July 20, 2008

Christian Cantwell entered the men’s shot put final Saturday at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Sacramento as the No. 1 shot putter in the world.

He left with a fourth-place finish, and without a spot on the U.S. Olympic team.

Cantwell, a former Missouri athlete, fouled on five of six attempts, with his only clean throw coming on his third attempt. It measured 67 feet, 5 ½ inches, more than a foot behind third-place finisher John Godina. Adam Nelson won at 71-0. The top three finishers will make the trip to Athens, Greece.

Cantwell had won 14 straight meets, and had the longest throw of the year at 73-11.

Despite failing to make the Olympics, Cantwell still holds onto his No. 1 world ranking.

Derrick Peterson is the last competitor with ties to Missouri to have a chance at making the Olympic team.

Peterson, another former MU athlete, placed second in the first heat of the 800-meter semifinals with a time of 1:47.87. The top four finishers in two heats advanced to Monday’s finals, which are set for 7:10 p.m. Peterson had the sixth-best time among the qualifiers.

Peterson, an MU graduate, made the semifinals at the trials in 2000, but missed making the finals by one-hundredth of a second.

Fomer MU heptathletes Michelle Moran and Fiona Asigbee did not qualify for the Olympics in the heptathlon.

Moran entered Day 2 of the seven-event competition in ninth place, and finished in seventh with 5,842 points.

Asigbee slid down two spots on the second day, finishing the competition in 10th with 5,675 points. The scores for both Asigbee and Moran were personal bests.

At the U.S. Olympic Swimming Trials in Long Beach, Calif., Rebecca Wolfe finished in 36th place out of 57 competitors in the women’s 200-meter butterfly preliminaries.

Wolfe finished with a time of 2:18.69, but did not make the semifinals. The top 16 finishers advanced to the next round.

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