Marysville native Jarred Rome failed to qualify Monday for the men’s discus final, and one of his throws didn’t count due to an obscure rule about how athletes exit the throwing circle.
Rome’s first attempt ended up in the safety net.
His second throw went about 60 meters, but Rome was called for a foul after exiting the throwing circle incorrectly. It’s not clear exactly how long his throw was because a score was not registered due to the foul, but it did not appear long enough to qualify for the final.
On his final throw, Rome 59.57 meters, nearly four meters short of qualifying for Tuesday’s final.
Americans Jason Young and Lance Brooks also failed to qualify.
Estonia’s Gerd Kanter led the pack with a distance of 66.39 meters.
This was the second Olympics for the right-handed throwing Rome. He finished 14th in 2004 in Athens, but failed to qualify for the 2008 Beijing Games.