Former Bulldog Kibwe Johnson tallied a top-10 finish at his first Olympics.
Aug. 5, 2012
LONDON --- Kibwe Johnson completed his first Olympics with a ninth-place finish in the hammer throw finals in London on Sunday.
Johnson, who won the U.S. Olympic Trials, posted a top throw of 245 feet, 10 inches on his second attempt in the finals to take ninth overall. Hungary's Krisztian Pars won the Gold medal with a throw of 264-5 while Japan's Koji Murofushi (258-3), who has trained in Athens with Georgia throws coach Don Babbitt, took home the Bronze medal after winning the 2004 Olympics.
After competing for the Bulldogs in 2000 before transferring to Ashland University in Ohio, Johnson advanced to his first Olympics after winning the Trials during late June in Oregon. He advanced to the Games' finals after having a season-best mark of 253-2 in the qualifying round. Johnson had his top throw of the finals on his second try before fouling on his last attempt.
Also of note, the Bahamas' Debbie Ferguson-McKenzie, who is competing in her fifth Olympic Games, was 26th in the first round of the 100-meter dash. Ferguson-McKenzie is also expected to compete in the 200 and the 4x100 relay. She is one of the more recent University of Georgia Athletic Association Circle of Honor recipients.
Former Bulldog Reese Hoffa has already captured a Bronze medal in the shot put during these Games. This marked Hoffa's first Olympic medal and the first for a thrower with ties to UGA.
On Monday, former Bulldog Martin Maric (discus) competes at in the qualifying round at 5 a.m. ET while Ferguson-McKenzie, who competed for the Lady Bulldogs and has three of the program's 12 Olympic medals all-time, runs in the first round of the 200 at 2:20 p.m.