Keelin Godsey, a former track & field standout at Bates College, placed fifth in the hammer throw at the Pan American Games today as a member of the United States National Track & Field team. There were 14 women in the competition; Godsey threw a distance of 67.84m, which is his third-best distance ever.
Godsey is a male transgender athlete competing against women from Canada to Argentina. That may be a confusing dynamic to some, but he is in the same boat as Kye Allums: A pre-transition transgender athlete.
He told us he was very happy with his performance:
I was happy with my performance. This was my first international meet, and my biggest goal was to make it to finals. I did that and had one of the best throws of my career. I felt good, I felt like I could have thrown a little farther, but nonetheless I was very happy with how I did. I got a lot of invaluable experience from this meet as well.
You can read more about Godsey at his blog.