Bell falls just short of qualifying for Olympic finals

Kenta Bell
Kenta Bell

Kilgore native Kenta Bell has fallen just short of advancing to the Beijing Olympics finals, after finishing 13th in his group of triple jumpers this morning.

Bell had a leap of 16.55 meters.

Only 12 of the 39 competitors advance to the final. Fellow Americans Rafeeq Curry and Aarik Wilson also failed to qualify.

This was Bell's second Olympics experience. He finished ninth at the 2004 Athens Games.

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