RIO DE JANEIRO — Former Ashland University track standout Kibwe Johnson failed to qualify for the finals in the hammer throw at the 2016 Olympics after he scratched on all three attempts in the first round Wednesday morning.
Fellow Americans Rudy Winkler (71.89) and Connor McCullough (72.88) also failed to make Friday’s finals. A throw of 73.47 meters was needed to make it in the top 12 and qualify for the finals. Johnson threw 75.
Just hours before competing, Johnson posted a photo of his uniform on Instagram with the caption, “Let’s play.”
This was 34-year-old Johnson’s second trip to the Olympics. In 2012, the 2007 Ashland University graduate finished 9th in London.