Courtesy: Robert Barclay/CMU
CMU senior thrower Alex Rose continued his summer of international competition on Monday, participating in the discus at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Rose Adds to International Résumé at IAAF World Championships
MOUNT PLEASANT - Central Michigan senior thrower Alex Rose continued his summer of international competition on Monday, participating in the discus at the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow.

Rose, representing the country of Samoa, was one of just 30 throwers from around the world competing in the event. The best of his three throws in the preliminary round covered 56.19 meters. He did not advance to Tuesday's finals.

The World Championships are contested every two years and bring together the top track and field athletes from around the world for nine days of competition. Rose earned his bid to the championships by setting a Samoan record with a throw of 59.83 meters at Augustana College in May.

"The World Championships have been extremely beneficial for my future track and field career on multiple levels," Rose said. "Seeing how the best throwers in the world train and prepare for competition is great. Watching their different lifts and focus points during technical discus sessions has taught me a lot in the past week. To be completely honest, it was exciting just to be around these Olympic medallists who I've looked up to for years. For example, in my qualification round I threw right after Virgilijus Alekna, a Lithuanian discus thrower who has won two Olympics Games as well as multiple World Championships. He's near the end of his career at age 41, and this could very well be his last championship. To have the honor of shaking his hand after the meet was a dream come true."

Rose, a dual citizen of the United States and Samoa who just missed qualifying for the 2012 Samoan Olympic team, was competing in Russia for the second time in less than a month. He finished seventh overall in the discus with a mark of 58.64m at the World University Games in Kazan, Russia in mid-July.

Rose is just over a year removed from winning gold medals in both the hammer and discus at the 2012 Oceania Area Championships, the first international competition of his career.

"Having this experience under my belt, I am supremely confident that I will be better prepared for my next world championship, and the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro 2016," Rose said. "I never like to say that something will happen for certain, but if I continue throwing like I did this season, and work hard in the following years to improve, my Olympic dream will come true."

Competing for CMU, Rose was a 2011 NCAA All-American in the discus, placing fifth at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. He is a two-time outdoor national qualifier and the 2012 Mid-American Conference champion in the event, and he has one year of eligibility remaining with the Chippewas.

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