Rio 2016: Not Today


Stephen Mozia entered the Olympic Games shot put qualifying round with the third best mark in the world.  In our minds, he was a dark horse contender for an Olympic medal.  Unfortunately, it was not meant to be as Mozia did not qualify for the finals.  He only had one legal throw in the competition – 18.98 meters, a mark that ranked him 28th in the field.  Only the top 12 advanced to the finals.

Columbia’s Akua Obeng-Akrofi was among the six women listed for Ghana’s 4x100m relay pool when their Olympic participants were announced last month.  She did not race in today’s preliminary round heats for Ghana, where the team finished eighth in their heat with a time of 43.37.  Because Ghana did not advance to the finals, we will not see Obeng-Akrofi compete in Rio.  But don’t worry, we should see her in her Light Blue and Whites in the 2017 indoor track season.’

HepsNation’s remaining athlete is Kate Grace, who will compete in the women’s 800m semifinals tonight at 9:27pm ET.  She’ll be in the third heat with South Africa’s Caster Semenya, Great Britain’s Lynsey Sharp, and Belarus’ Marina Arzamasova.  The top two in each heat and the next two fastest times will advance to the finals.

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