EUGENE, Ore. — While Riley Dolezal did not officially secure a spot at the Tokyo Olympic Games on Monday evening, the North Dakota State University alum kept the door open.
Dolezal placed third in the javelin at the U.S. Olympic Trials, maintaining the possibility of representing Team USA at the Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. He threw 252-feet, 10-inches on his final attempt to move up from fifth place to third.
Dolezal, a Stanley, N.D. native and current NDSU volunteer assistant coach, has not achieved the Olympic javelin qualifying standard, so his top-three U.S. finish does not automatically clinch an Olympic bid. The javelin field in Tokyo will consist of 32 men, 25 of which have already met the entry standards to claim spots.
That leaves an expected seven bids left to be decided based on the World Athletics Rankings on July 1, which is when Dolezal will likely learn his Olympic fate.