Clarke just missed qualifying, ends up 13th out of 31 at Worlds

August 22, 2015

Jordan Clark track and field

Jordan Clarke

Jordan Clarke of Anchorage was good but not quite good enough in the shot put at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, China.

The 24-year-old former NCAA champion finished sixth in Group B and just missed qualifying for tonight’s finals.

His best mark of 65 feet, 3 inches was only a few inches short of matching the fifth-place finisher.

Clarke, of Bartlett High fame, finished 13th overall out of 31 of the best shot putters in the world.

Each competitor was granted only three attempts to qualify for the finals, and Clarke improved with each effort.

He qualified for the IAAF World Championships after winning a bronze medal with a PR of 70-6.5 at the USATF Championships in June in Eugene, Oregon.

Clarke was one of four Americans in to compete at Worlds but the only one not to advance to the finals.

Still, the rookie from Alaska has had a phenominal start to his professional career.

In addition to getting a PR and qualifying for Worlds, Clarke has also pocketed a pair of silver medals from the Diamond League series.