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Shot putter Rodhe ruled eligible to throw for Canada

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The Canadian Press
5/4/2012 4:35:36 PM
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OTTAWA -- Shot putter Justin Rodhe has been given the green light to compete for Canada at the London Olympics.

The International Association of Athletics Federations ruled the American-born Rodhe eligible to represent Canada. The news comes two months after the IAAF -- track and field's world governing body -- ruled him ineligible to throw for Canada at the world indoor championships.

"This is an affirmation for all the hard work I have put in, along with a lot of other people," Rodhe said in a statement. "I just tried to focus on training and preparation, you can't allow yourself to worry and you just have to throw your fate to the wolves sometimes."

The Kamloops, B.C., athlete is married to hammer thrower Megan Rodhe, and has lived and trained in Canada for almost four years.

Rodhe achieved Canada's A-plus qualifying standard for the London Games with his throw of 21.11 metres last month in Lawrence, Kansas.

He needs to finish top-three at the Olympic trials in late-June in Calgary to punch his ticket to London.

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