Friday, August 15, 2008 (AP) -- Tomasz Majewski of Poland won the men's shot put with a career best 70 feet, 6 1/2 inches, upsetting a strong field to claim the first track and field gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.
Majewski led the eight men advancing to the last three rounds Friday and produced his best mark with the next throw -- 21 1/3 inches better than his pre-competition personal best.
Christian Cantwell, the two-time world indoor champion, moved into second place at 69 feet, 2 1/2 inches -- the only American to get a medal in what his team had hoped would be a 1-2-3 U.S. finish.
Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus collected bronze at 69 feet, 3/4 inches.
Reese Hoffa, the Lakeside and UGA grad and reigning world champion, finished seventh at 67 feet, 4 1/4 inches and his U.S. teammate Adam Nelson, the two-time Olympic silver medalist, did not register a mark in the final after three fouls.
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