Jon Jones’ quest to participate in the Olympics will have to wait four years.
Jones, the underdog University at Buffalo graduate from Portville and 2015 NCAA champion, made it to the finals of the shot put during the United States Olympic Track and Field Team trials Friday at Hayward Stadium in Eugene, Ore., but faulted on all three of his throwing attempts in that round.
The top three finishers qualified for next month’s Olympic Games.
Jones gave himself a chance to be one of those three by finishing seventh out of 24 throwers during the qualifying portion of the event. The top 12 advanced to finals, with Jones uncorking his best throw of the day, 66-feet, 9ß inches, on his first attempt of the day.
It was downhill after that, though. Ryan Crouser took first with a throw of 72-6½, upsetting former national champion and Olympian Joe Kovacs. Kovacs (72-¼) and Darrell Hill (70-11ß) also will represent Old Glory in Rio.
“It was tough,” Jones said. “It’s the hardest Olympic team to make. ... I felt good in my warm ups and then I got in my meet I didn’t feel as comfortable. I don’t know if it was nerves or what.”
Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin will begin his quest to qualify for his second Olympic Games on Saturday in the long jump. He is among the 24 hopefuls and will compete in the first flight at 4:45 p.m. The finals are Sunday.