Morrison 3rd place in Indiana tilt

Fil-American William Morrison hurled 19.06 meters in the men’s shot-put event of recent Indiana University Relays.

Morrison once again missed the qualifying standard to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and after making his best heave on his sixth try.

Representing Indiana, Morrison’s feat earned him a bronze medal.

Josh Freeman hurled the ball to a distance of 20.3 meters for the gold, with Alabama’s Isaac Odugbesan taking the silver with his 19.26-meter showing.

The 23-year-old Morrison was hoping to hit the Olympic standard of 21.10 meters to make it to the Olympiad.

Two weeks ago, he hurled 19.17 meters during a two-day indoor meet at the Vanderbilt University Recreational Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

Morrison is best remembered during the 30th Southeast Asian Games, where he claimed the gold with his 18.38-meter effort.

All his recent feats are below the national mark of 20.40 meters, which he achieved last June.

So far, only pole vaulter EJ Obiena has earned an Olympic ticket in athletics.

Female pole vaulter Natalie Uy, sprinter-hurdler Eric Cray, runner Kristina Knott, newly-added marathoner Christine Hallasgo and Mary Joy Tabal are also seeking entry to the Olympics through qualifiers, along with Morrison.

All are seeking qualification for the World Indoor Athletics Championships that was supposed to be held in Nanjing this March.

But the event has been postponed by a year to March 2021 because of the coronavirus, which has now infected around 6,000 people worldwide and caused 132 deaths.

World Athletics said in a statement that it had agreed to delay the event to provide “our athletes, member federations and partners with a clear way forward in what is a complex and fast-moving set of circumstances”.

Organizers added “it had no other option given that the spread of the virus both within China and outside was still at a concerning level.

Topics: William Morrison , Indiana University Relays , 2020 Tokyo Olympics , Isaac Odugbesan , 30th Southeast Asian Games
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