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Penn State track and field: Nittany Lion assistant coach Whiting finishes second in shot put at World Championships

Penn State volunteer assistant coach Ryan Whiting fell a few inches short of winning another title at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships on Friday, settling for a silver medal.

Whiting held an early lead during the finals, with his first throw good for 70 feet, 9 1/4 inches, but was never able to better that score at Luzhniki Stadium.

Germany’s David Storl passed Whiting with a throw of 71-3 1/2 on the fourth of six attempts to take over first place and eventually win the gold medal. A judge briefly ruled Storl had fouled on the throw, then changed his mind and consulted with a nearby photographer to review the throw and confirm a clean attempt.

Both men fouled on their fifth attempts, Storl also fouled on his sixth try, and Whiting could only muster a throw of 69-7 1/4.

Whiting was the indoor world champion, won the outdoor title in 2011 and entered the meet with the top throw of the season. He also had the best throw during Thursday’s prelinimary round at 70-7.

Canada’s Dylan Armstrong earned the bronze medal, while American Reese Hoffa was fourth.

Two former Nittany Lions advanced after preliminary competition Friday. Shana Cox, competing as a member of the Great Britian team, helped her group make the finals in the 4x400-meter relay with the day’s third-best time of 3 minutes, 25.18 seconds. Russia and the U.S. were the only teams with better times.

Also, Aleesha Barber was fourth in her heet and moved to the semifinals in the 100-meter hurdles in 13.33 seconds running for Trinidad-Tobago. Her semifinals, and possible finals, are set for Saturday. The 1,600 relay finals also will be run Saturday.