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Former Bison thrower Payton Otterdahl finishes 10th in Olympic shot put finals

Otterdahl threw 66 feet, 8 inches (20.32 meters) on his first of three attempts.

Payton Otterdahl competes in the men's shot put final during the Tokyo 2020 Summer Olympic Games on Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, at Olympic Stadium. Andrew Nelles / USA TODAY Sports
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TOKYO — Former North Dakota State thrower and NCAA champion Payton Otterdahl finished 10th in the men's shot put finals on Wednesday (Thursday in Tokyo) at the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Otterdahl threw 66 feet, 8 inches (20.32 meters) on his first of three attempts, which eventually landed him in 10th place. The top eight throwers were granted three additional tosses.

He was the fourth Bison track and field athlete to compete in the Summer Olympics, but was the first to advance to an Olympic event final.

During his time at NDSU, Otterdahl won a pair of indoor national titles as a senior. He has competed professionally for Nike and served as an assistant coach for the Bison throwers.

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