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#RioGoldRush: O'Dayne Richards preparing for tonight's shot put final

Published:Thursday | August 18, 2016 | 8:12 PM
Richards, who is making his debut at the Olympic Games, clinched the 12th and last spot in the final with his best mark of 20.40m

Jamaica’s Olympic team captain O’Dayne Richards is now in his final moments of preparation for the final of the men's shot put event at the Rio Olympic Games.  

Richards, who is making his debut at the Olympic Games, clinched the 12th and last spot in the final with his best mark of 20.40m

The 28-year-old Richards has a personal best throw of 21.69m.

The top three performers heading into the final are American Ryan Crouser (21.59), Tomas Walsh (21.03) of New Zealand and Brazil’s Darlan Romani (20.94) who qualified after their first throws.

The competitors had throw a mark of 20.65 or more automatically qualify for the showdown set for 6:30p.m.

PROFILE - O'Dayne Richards
Age: 28 years old
High School: St. George’s College 

Tertiary Education: University of Technology, Jamaica
Event: Men’s shot put
Personal Best: 21.69m
Interesting Facts:
He is the first Jamaican ever to win gold in any Commonwealth throwing event.
His nickname ‘Fred’ comes from his high school fondness for flinging stones, and
the subsequent comparisons to Fred Flintstone.