Former Cowboy thrower Mason Finley put on the performance of a lifetime in the discus to win the bronze medal in the event at the 2017 IAAF World Championships on Saturday, recording a personal best mark of 68.03 meters (223 feet, 2.25 inches) on his second attempt of the day.
Competing alongside the world’s best, Finley was one of just two athletes in the competition to record a personal best in the final round of competition on Saturday. After tossing 67.07m (220-0.5) on his first attempt, Finley came back with the best throw of his career on his second attempt. He cleared 65m (213-3) twice more on Saturday, but the throw of 68.03m proved to be his best of the day.
Finley outperformed the fourth-place finisher, Jamaica’s Fedrick Dacres, by over two meters, and was just over a meter behind gold medalist Andrius Guǆius of Lithuania. With a bronze medal in the first World Championships appearance of his young career, the 26-year old and former Cowboy All-American discus thrower has cemented himself among the best discus throwers in the world.