Borel Finishes Sixth in Shot Put Qualifying Group at London Olympics

Retriever alum Cleopatra Borel finished sixth in Group A
Retriever alum Cleopatra Borel finished sixth in Group A

LONDON – Former UMBC track and field standout Cleopatra Borel finished sixth in Group A of the qualifying stages for the women's shot put event at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Monday afternoon at the Olympic Stadium.

Competing in her third Olympic Games for Trinidad and Tobago, Borel recorded her longest toss of the competition in her second attempt.  Her throw of 18.36m (60'3") placed her just outside of the required top-five position to move on to the final round.  Christina Schwanitz of Germany claimed the final spot in Group A with a toss of 18.62 in her final throw.

The first ever NCAA champion in UMBC history, Borel was the lone Retriever in London this summer.   During her time at UMBC, Borel broke the school record in both the indoor (17.50m, 57'5") and outdoor (16.44m, 53'11.25") shot put , the weight throw (18.03m (59'2") and the hammer throw (51.28m (168'3"), all of which she still holds.  Her indoor shot put school record distance was at the time her personal-best and won her the 2002 NCAA title.  In addition to her championship, Borel was a three-time All-American during her time in Baltimore.

Borel qualified for her third Olympic Games back in June when she bested the field at the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Trials with a toss of 17.98m (59'0").