At the U.S. Olympic Trials Discus Finals in Oregon, Former Red Raider All-American Jason Young of Lubbock punched his ticket to represent the U.S. at the Olympic Games in London finishing third. The top 3 throwers go to London.
Under rainy and not ideal conditions, Young threw the discus 61.50 meters with his first attempt. His 2nd throw of 61.83 meters put him in 2nd place. He then set a new 2nd best mark of 62.07 meters with his 5th throw.
Dropping to third in the 6th and final round, Young made his best throw of 62.15 meters to secure a spot in the Olympics. Lance Brooks set the "A" standard with 65.15 while Jarred Rome took 2nd with his 6th and final throw of 63.35 meters.
Young missed out for a bid in the 2008 Olympic trials when he became sick, but he honed in and focused, working hard to prepare for the 2012 games. Ranked the #1 Discus thrower in the US this season, Young finished 4th in prelims, advancing to the finals, where he finished in the top 3 to make the Olympic team.
The 2012 Summer Olympic Games from London can be seen on KCBD NewsChannel 11 starting with the Opening Ceremonies on July 27th.
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