Posted: Jun 21, 2012 4:56 PM by Andrew Masuda
Santa Barbara native Colin Dunbar fell just three feet and 4 inches shy of qualifying for the finals in the men's hammer throw at the US Olympic Track and Field Trials on Thursday in Beaverton, Oregon.
The 23 year old finished third in his flight of 11 throwers. His top throw of the day of 222 feet and 7 inches came on his third and final attempt in the qualifying round.
The second flight of throwers included the favorites to earn the three coveted spots on Team USA for the London Olympics. They pushed Dunbar from third place at the end of the first flight, down to twelfth place overall. Only the top nine advanced into the final.
The trip to Beaverton marked the first time Dunbar participated in an Olympic Trials.
The hammer throw was the only event to take place Thursday in Beaverton. The remaining events take place in Eugene, which is 111 miles south.
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