Clarke flirts with medal contention early, fades to 9th at Trials

July 1, 2016

Jordan Clarke track and field

Jordan Clarke

Anchorage’s Jordan Clarke sat in medal contention after qualifying but then faded to finish ninth in the men’s shot put at the Olympic Trials in Eugene, Oregon.

The former NCAA champion from Arizona State never found his form in three attempts as his best toss of 65 feet, 7 1/2 inches was way behind the medal pack.

The top three finishers qualified for this summer’s Rio Olympics – Ryan Crouser, Joe Kovacs and Darrell Hill.

Clarke, of Bartlett High fame, had a mark of 67-6 3/4 with his only attempt in qualifying to sit in third place.

That result would meet the Olympic standard in some countries.

But he was born in the USA, which has set the standard in the shot put.

The 25-year-old entered the Olympic Trials as the No. 5-ranked American.

Clarke is one of five Alaskans competing at the Trials for track and field.