Mizzou shot-putter Christian Cantwell wins Olympic silver medal
Christian Cantwell, a University of Missouri alumnus and coach, has won a silver medal in men’s shot put at the Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
With a throw of 21.09 meters in his sixth and final attempt, Cantwell eased into second place in the final round Friday, overtaking Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus, who won the bronze medal, and coming in behind Tomasz Majewski of Poland, who took the gold medal with a top throw of 21.51 meters.
Cantwell is the first Mizzou Tiger to win an Olympic silver medal since 1992, when runner Natasha Kaiser-Brown took home silver from Barcelona, Spain.
Cantwell, a 2003 Mizzou graduate, is an assistant shot-put coach in the MU Athletic Department.
On Wednesday, Aug. 20, Ben Askren, the second Mizzou athlete to compete in the 2008 Olympics, goes for gold in men’s freestyle wrestling.
Photo by Shane Epping