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First Track and Field Gold Goes to Poland -- USA Gets Silver

BEIJING (AP) - Tomasz Majewski of Poland won the men's shot put with a career best 70 feet, 6½ inches, upsetting a strong field to claim the first track-and-field gold medal at the Beijing Olympics.

Majewski led the eight men advancing to the last three rounds Friday and produced his best mark with the next throw - 21 1/3 inches better than his pre-competition personal best.

Christian Cantwell, the 2-time world indoor champion, moved into 2nd place at 69 feet, 2½ inches - the only American to get a medal in what his team had hoped would be a 1-2-3 U.S. finish.

Andrei Mikhnevich of Belarus collected bronze at 69 feet, 3/4 inches.

Reese Hoffa, the reigning world champion, finished seventh at 67 feet, 4 1/4 inches and his U.S. teammate Adam Nelson, the two-time Olympic silver medalist, did not register a mark in the final after three fouls.

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