Sunday, July 7, 2013

Washington alum Kyle Nielsen set to throw at World University Games in Kazan, Russia...

KAZAN, Russia--University of Washington alum Kyle Nielsen (left/photo courtesy University of Washington) will compete in the qualifying round of the men's javelin at the World University Games Monday at the Central Stadium.

Nielsen, the reigning Canadian national champion, will vie for a spot in Wednesday's finals.

In order to advance to Wednesday's finals, he must finish among the top twelve throwers from the two flights.

Meanwhile, University Place resident and reigning USA triple jump champion Andrea Geubelle will compete in Wednesday night's Istvan Gyulai meeting in Budapest, Hungary, as she goes for the IAAF 'B' standard of 46-7 1/4 (14.20m) or the 'A' standard of 47-3 (14.40m).

To date, no American has either the A or B standards in the event.  On Thursday at the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, Amanda Smock, Toni Smith, and Washington State alum Blessing Ufodiama, who placed second through fourth at last month's USA championships in Des Moines, took a shot at the standard, with no one achieving it.

The situation for Geubelle is simple:  Get at least the B and she goes to Moscow.  For anyone else to go, it gets slightly convoluted, as each country can take a maximum of three, with two needing A standards, and one a B.

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