BEAVERTON, Ore. -- Former Georgia thrower Kibwe Johnson punched his ticket to his first Olympic Games after winning the hammer on the first day of the Olympic Trials at the Nike World Headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., on Thursday.
This is the only event of the Trials that will be held outside Eugene, Ore. The rest of the Trials will be at historic Hayward Field on the University of Oregon campus.
Johnson, who is now competing for Nike/New York Athletic Club (NYAC) after suiting up for the Bulldogs in 2000, launched an opening attempt of 244 feet, 1 inch, which would have also clinched the victory, before letting go of his top throw on his fifth attempt. Johnson's fifth throw measured 245-11 to top Chris Cralle (243-11) for the win.
Expected to join Johnson in London at the Games is AG Kruger instead of Cralle. Kruger, like Johnson, had an "A" qualifying mark going into the Trials and finished third with a mark of 242-6 on Thursday.