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Kamloops athlete could earn a medal in London 2012

EUGENE, OR (NEWS1130) – One of B.C.’s top hopes for an Olympic medal in London is competing down the I-5 highway this weekend. Canadian Shot Put champion Dylan Armstrong will throw in the Prefontaine Classic tomorrow.
The 30-year-old lost last weekend to former World Champion Reece Hoff of the United States in Holland. Hoff threw a world’s best 21.87 metres, which surpassed Armstrong’s 2011 record of 21.72 set in La Jolla, California on April 23. The 21.72 throw is a Canadian record.
Armstrong finished fourth in Holland. Prior to that, the Commonwealth Games champion had won six in a row, including wins on the prestigious Diamond League circuit in Rome and Doha, Qatar.
The Kamloops native is listed at 6’4″, 309 pounds. He finished fourth in the Beijing Summer Games, missing a medal by a centimetre. The qualifying for the Men’s Shot Put at the 2012 London Olympics is 14 months away.