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Athlete Quotes - Men's Hammer Throw Final

A.G. Kruger, Olympic Qualifier, First Place

"My first throw was perfect. The atmosphere was a little tense. I knew I had to win to get in regardless of the "A" standard. In the back of my mind I knew all it would take is for one of these guys to get one big throw to surpass me, so the pressure was always there."

Kevin McMahon, Second Place

"For me it's wonderful, because six months ago I was at Stanford teaching and coaching. I only picked up the hammer again because I was coaching. I have made two teams and that's great, but if you look on the IAAF site I don't think there's another event where there are so few "A" qualifiers. I don't know how it helps the sport to make it so far."

Thomas Freeman, Third Place

"My day was alright. I started really well. I knew I had to beat A.G. (Kruger). I needed to get the "A" mark, so I went after it. I'll have a meet tomorrow or the next day so I can catch the "A" mark, see if I can."

"I'm happy. How can you not be happy with third place?"

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