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Athlete Quotes - Men's Discus Throw Qualifying

Jarred Rome, Flight 1 (First Place)

"Pretty much you don't want to fall down and break your leg and just make it to Sunday. My first throw I went really, really easy and hit a 63-05 which was my best which won the flight. I was going to stop after that but then I thought I would practice a little bit. I took two more and just kind of worked on technique with easy throws. Feel out the ring a little more."

"I was just trying to go like 75 percent on the first one because I knew anything over 60 or 61 was pretty much going to make the finals. I just wanted to get a nice, easy throw in and it turned out to be my best. The next two were practice throws. The goal today is not to win it is to make the top 12. All these marks get erased and Sunday is a brand new day and I am looking forward to that."

"Everything went well tonight. I won my flight. The main thing is to make it to Sunday without falling or fouling. Of course there are some nerves going into the finals, but I've been doing this a while. Getting on this team is my No. 1 goal."

Ian Waltz, Flight 2 (Second Place)

"I just wanted to take one easy throw today because I am going through a groin issue. Thankfully, it stayed intact and I was able to get through the round. Today was just a chill day to get through the round. Hopefully, I can come out gunning on Sunday."

John Godina, Flight 2 (Third Place)

"No news is good news on these days because the fun stuff really begins in a few days. My goal is just to make the team and that's all I care about. My body just needs to relax. I was relaxed today and I think I moved very well. Everything is good."

Casey Malone, Flight 2 (Fifth Place)

"I got to the finals and I believe I threw well, nothing spectacular, but the ultimate goal was to make it into the finals and I did that. I'll now go back and evaluate everything."

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