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Fil-Am Morrison misses Olympic standard in US indoor competition

Fil-American William Morrison missed the qualifying standard to the 2020 Tokyo Olympics last Saturday.

Morrison, who represented Indiana, hurled 19.17 meters in the men’s shot put event of a two-day indoor meet at the Vanderbilt University Recreational Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

The 23-year-old Morrison, who took the 30th Southeast East Asian Games gold, finished second.

Hoping to hit the Olympic standard of 21.10 meters, Morrison though went on to set a Philippine indoor mark.

During the SEA Games, Morrison claimed the gold with his 18.38-meter effort.

Both his feats were below the national mark of 20.40 meters, which he achieved last June.

Morrison, who is from Leavenworth, Kansas, was behind David Pless, who took the gold with 19.36 meters.

So far, only pole vaulter EJ Obiena has earned an Olympic ticket in athletics.

Female pole vaulter Natalie Uy, sprinter-hurdler Eric Cray, runner Kristina Knott, newly-added marathoner Christine Hallasgo and Mary Joy Tabal are also seeking entry to the Olympics through qualifiers, along with Morrison.

The Philippine Athletic Track and Field Association will support Uy, Cray, Knott and Morrison who will participate in the Asian Indoor this February and the World Indoor in March, both in China. Peter Atencio

Topics: William Morrison , 2020 Tokyo Olympics , 30th Southeast East Asian Games
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