Lakeside High School and University of Georgia graduate Reese Hoffa, competing in his third Olympics, at last will bring home a medal.
Hoffa won the bronze medal in the shot put behind gold medalist Tomasz Majewski of Poland and silver medalist David Storl of Germany.
Majewski's throw of 21.89 meters put him in the lead, while Storl's best of six throws put him three centimeters short at 21.86. Hoffa followed at 21.23 to win bronze.
All three U.S. entrants qualified for the men's shot put final Friday, to be aired at 3:30 p.m. today, with 34-year-old Reese Hoffa of Augusta topping everyone with a best heave of 70 feet, 1 inch (21.36 meters).
Hoffa owns four world championships medals but is seeking his first piece of hardware at an Olympics; he was seventh at Beijing in 2008, for example. Hoffa is a former Lakeside and University of Georgia star.
Next-best Friday morning was world champion David Storl of Germany at 69-4¾ (21.15), followed by reigning Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski of Poland at 69-0 (21.03).
Also qualifying for this afternoon's final: Ryan Whiting of Harrisburg, Pa., and Christian Cantwell, of Eldon, Mo.