Delsea’s Josh Awotunde notches Olympic shot put qualifier

Delsea graduate Josh Awotunde threw within two inches of his shot put PR Sunday and recorded in an Olympic qualifyer.

Awotunde placed 3rd in the American Track League event at the Randall Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, Ark., with a throw of 69-9 1/2.

Awotunde surpassed the qualifying standard for the Tokyo Olympics, now re-scheduled for this fall. The standard is 69-2 1/2. That means if Awotunde finishes in the top three at the Olympic Trials he’ll make the U.S. Olympic team. If he doesn’t finish in the top three but either one or two of the top three don’t hit the standard, he could still go if his mark is among the top among Americans outside the top three at the Trials. The qualifying window closes June 29.

Awotunde’s mark ranks him 9th in the world, according to the IAAF’s 2021 international list  and 7th among Americans. 

World indoor record holder Ryan Crouser won the competition with a throw of 71-11 1/2 and Payton Otterdahl was second at 70-2 1/2.

Awotunde had six throws over 66-5 and averaged 67-11 3/4 in his series. He opened at 66-5 3/4 and 66-7 1/4, then surpassed 67 feet twice with 67-11 1/2 and 67-8 1/4 before closing with two bombs of 69-6 3/4 and 69-9 1/2.

Awotunde set his indoor PR of 69-11 3/4 in College Station in February of 2018. That’s No. 27 all-time on the U.S. list. He’s thrown 69-3 3/4 outdoors in L.A. in April of 2019. That’s No. 41 all-time U.S. outdoors. He’s also thrown 191-11 in the discus

At Delsea, Awotunde was Meet of Champions champ in the shot and runner-up in the disc in 2013. At South Carolina, he was a four-time All-America in the shot and discus.

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