SYDNEY, Australia University of Tennessee women's track and field volunteer assistant coach Andy Bloom placed fourth in the men's shot put competition on Friday at Olympic Stadium.
Bloom, a two-year member of the coaching staff at Tennessee recorded his best mark of 68-5 3/4 on his first of three attempts in the prelims. That measurement, which ranked him third heading into the final three throws, was not enough to secure a bronze medal finish, as USA teammate John Godina uncorked a heave of 69-6 3/4 to finish third.
For Andy to finish fourth in the world in his first Olympics is a tremendous accomplishment, and I am proud of him for that, said Bloom's personal coach, UT assistant Scott Bennett. Unfortunately, when most people look at his result, they concede it was a disappointment because he didn't win the medal. I don't see it that way.
This was a learning experience for him. This won't be his last Olympic experience. The next time he goes, he will be stronger, more experienced and more mature.
Handoyo falls in semis
Tennessee's Peter Handoyo lost in the semifinals at the National Intercollegiate Clay Court Championships. Handoyo lost to Brian Vahaly of the University of Virginia, 6-1, 6-4. Handoyo had defeated Balazs Veress of the University of California, 6-4, 6-4, to reach the semis. Virginia's Vahaly is the nation's third-ranked player. He was the No. 1 seed in the tournament.
Handoyo previously had one loss to Vahaly in the tournament already, that coming in doubles play. He and teammate Andy Crews failed to win their second straight tourney, losing to Vahaly and Huntley Montgomery, 7-6(1), 6-1, in the doubles quarterfinal.
The Vols' team of Adam Carey and Wade Orr advanced to the finals of the doubles consolation bracket, they received a bye in the semifinals by default, due to the Southern Methodist pair of Alexis Rudzinski and Jon Wallmark leaving the tournament. Orr and Carey had defeated Carston Bitschkus and Leopold Grundig of Loyola Marymount, 3-6, 7-5, 6-0, in the quarters on Friday. They took on Jason Marshall and Jason Swan of Purdue in the consolation finals on Sunday.