Former Boise State All-American Jarred Rome finished 31st among 41 competitors during discus qualifications at the London Olympics on Monday. Rome, a 2004 Olympian, did not advance to the final.
Rome threw 59.57 meters (195 feet, 4 inches), far short of the distance needed for qualification. The last man to qualify for the final, Erik Cadee of The Netherlands, threw 63.55 meters (208-6). Monday's top qualifier, Gerd Kanter of Estonia, threw 66.39 meters (217-9).
Rome, 35, went into the event with high expectations.
I expect to get a medal, he said. Its a situation where Im in the best shape of my life right now. Im throwing phenomenal. I feel more prepared than I ever have.
Rome hasnt competed much this year because of injuries but he recorded the third longest throw in the world last year. He finished second at the U.S. Olympic Trials in June.
This is his second Olympics. He finished 14th in the 2004 Athens Games, admitting that the pressure got to him. He failed to qualify for the 2008 U.S. team, despite entering the event as a favorite.
Rome was a six-time All-American at Boise State from 1995 to 2000.