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Friday, June 25, 2021

Former Jayhawk Mason Finley qualifies for second Olympic Games

Mason Finley celebrates during the finals of men's discus throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Friday, June 25, 2021, in Eugene, Ore.

Mason Finley celebrates during the finals of men's discus throw at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Friday, June 25, 2021, in Eugene, Ore.

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Former Kansas track standout and current KU volunteer assistant coach Mason Finley took top honors in the men’s discus at the U.S. Olympic Trials on Friday, earning him a spot in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

On his fifth of six throws on Friday night, Finley delivered a throw of 63.07 meters, which was just enough to outduel Reggie Jagers, who had a top throw of 62.61 meters. Sam Mattis finished third to round out this year's U.S. squad in the event.

Friday’s qualification marks the second time Finley has made the U.S. Olympic team. He also qualified for the 2016 team and made the finals of the Rio Olympics, where he finished 11th overall.

Finley entered this week’s trials with the third best U.S. mark this season.

During his Kansas career, Finley was an NCAA Outdoor All-American in both the shot put and discus for three consecutive seasons from 2010-12. He also earned NCAA Indoor All-American honors in the shot put in 2010 and 2011.

The Salida, Colo., native is KU’s school record holder in the indoor shot put and has the school’s second best mark in the outdoor ver-sion of the event.

Finley joins middle distance runner Bryce Hoppel as former Jayhawks who recently have qualified for the Tokyo Games. Hoppel qualified earlier this week in the 800 meters, finishing third in the finals.

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