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Purdue's Kara Winger Qualifies for Rio

The Purdue graduate is headed to her third straight Olympics.

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In Beijing and London she was Kara Patterson, but in the last few years since London 2012 she got married to discus and shot put thrower Russ Winger. She is still awesome at taking a long, pointy stick and throwing it as far as she can.

At the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials Winger was leading through the preliminaries with a throw of 61.42 meters. That was just barely short of the automatic qualifying standard of 62 meters. Tonight in the finals she finished third with a throw of 57.9 meters, which was still good enough to punch a ticket to Rio. Her preliminary throw was still the farthest of the competition in the prelims and finals combined.

In 2008 she finished 41st at the Olympics. In 2012 she was 31st in London, all while THROWING ON A TORN ACL BECAUSE OF COURSE! She is currently the American record holder with a throw of 66.67 meters in 2010 at a meet in Des Moines, Iowa.