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Hammer time! Winners of Hayward hammer throw will go to Rio after all

Cornell's Rudy Winkler embraces a friend after winning the hammer throw with a toss of 251 feet 10 inches. He is the first college athlete to win the hammer at the Olympic Trials since 1956. Day six of the U.S. Track and Field Trials took place Wednesday at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Events continue through July 10. Photo by Dillon Vibes

EUGENE, Ore. - The top 3 finishers in the men's hammer throw at the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials will be going to Rio after all.

The IAAF has extended Olympic Games invitations to winners of the event held at historic Hayward Field last week.

On Thursday, USATF announced that Rudy Winkler (Sand Lake, New York), Kibwe Johnson (Suwanee, Georgia) and Conor McCullough (Canoga Park, California) have been added to Team USA for the Rio games.

The three placed 1-2-3 in the hammer throw at the U.S. Olympic Trials but had not achieved the Olympic Standard qualifying mark of 77.00m/252-7.

Only 23 throwers internationally achieved the standard, so the IAAF this week extended additional invitations to fill the field, USATF explained.

This was the first time the hammer throw competition was held inside Hayward Field. Previous Olympic trials used an alternate location for safety reasons.

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