August 17, 2013 - 5:00 AM
KAMLOOPS – On his fifth attempt at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, Dylan Armstrong of Kamloops threw a season's best 21.34 metres, enough to bump him past Reese Hoffa of the United States for a bronze medal.
During the qualification round Armstrong qualified fourth in his group and eighth overall. Armstrong, 32, was the only one of the top four to throw cleanly in all six rounds of the final. The four men, Armstrong, Hoffa, gold medallist David Storl of Germany and silver medallist Ryan Whiting of the United States, were the only athletes to reach 21 metres during the competition.
“I'm really happy with my performance tonight. I gave it all my best, “Armstrong said in an International Association of Athletics Federation interview following his bronze medal win. “I came out here putting my eggs all in one basket this year. It just goes to show you if you work hard big things can happen.”
Armstrong was recently awarded a bronze medal for his performance at the 2010 World Indoor Track and Field Championships after it was found Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus had been using illegal drugs. Mikhnevich finished ahead of Armstrong at those championships as well as the 2008 Beijing Olympics. He is still waiting to hear whether he will be awarded a bronze from those Olympics as well.
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