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Michelle Carter prepares to throw a shot put Tuesday during a practice session on the west side of the state Capitol. The real competition begins today at 10 a.m.

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The Buzz: USA athletes storm the Capitol for shot put event

Published: Tuesday, Jun. 24, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Shots will fly today

in Capitol’s direction

Surely more than a few angry citizens, and maybe even the occasional frustrated legislator, have wanted to throw something heavy at the state Capitol over the years. Now 37 world-class athletes will have the chance.

The west lawn of the Capitol plays host to the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships’ opening shot put event today, where competitors will hurl the 8- and 16-pound balls from a raised shot circle toward the dome.

No worries, they’ll fall well short of hitting it. The event’s shorter throws, which top out at about 75 feet, allow the event to be held in confined spaces – like an annual meet in Zurich that stages the shot put in the city’s train station.

“You couldn’t be throwing the discus at the Capitol,” said Bob Burns of the Sacramento Sports Commission. “That wouldn’t go well.”

The free event, which also features a beer tent and other vendors, begins at 10 a.m., with the finals starting at 4:30 p.m. for the women and 6:15 p.m. for the men.

Sen. Jim Nielsen, R-Gerber, a former shot putter at Fresno State, will kick off the festivities by putting the ceremonial first shot.

– Alexei Koseff

Worth repeating

“We could be in deep trouble.”

REP. JULIA BROWNLEY, Thousand Oaks Democrat, asking supporters to donate to her re-election effort against Republican Jeff Gorell in the Central Coast’s 26th Congressional District.

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