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London 2012: Martin Marić, discus, Croatia

After that helpful lesson from Calympian Martin Marić, don't you want to try discus yourself? Marić, a discus thrower from Cal, will be representing Croatia in the 2012 London Olympics. Don't worry, "Croatia red" isn't that dreadful cardinal red! After the jump, let's take a look at some Marić highlights.

During his time at Cal, Marić:

2008: Represented Croatia in the discus at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China...took eighth at the NCAA Championships in the discus with a mark of captured the NCAA West Regional title in the discus with a mark of 196-00 (59.75m)...also qualified for the national meet in the javelin at the regional, but withdrew his name from the competition to focus on discus...ranked No. 5 in the nation...completed an excellent weekend at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with his first-place finish in the javelin with a season-best, NCAA regional-qualifying mark of 220-04 (67.16m), which also ranks him sixth on Cal's all-time list. Maric also took first in the discus competition (188-10 (57.57m)...recorded the fifth best discuss mark in school history at the Texas Relays, posting a 200-7 (61.13m) the Big Meet, took first in the discus with his mark of 192-00 (58.52m), in the shot put recorded a mark of 52-8.00 (16.05m) to take third, and in the javelin, took second with his mark of 210-04 (64.10m).
2007: Represented Croatia in the javelin and the discus at the World University Games last summer...took eighth in the discus with his mark of 56.32...he didn't advance to the final in the the qualifying round, he notched a 65.15, good enough for ninth in his group.

This year, Marić's birthday was quite a spectacular day for him, as he hit a personal best in La Jolla:

Remember to cheer on Golden Bear Martin Marić as he struts his stuff this summer at the Olympic Games! GO BEARS!