The United State's Kibwe Johnson competes in the men's hammer throw final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Fabrizio Bensch, Pool)
Two of Gwinnett County's five Olympians have connections to Suwanee. Since closing ceremonies are today, the Suwanee Post looks back at how Kibwe Johnson and Amanda Weir fared at the 30th Olympiad.Kibwe
Johnson-- Suwanee connection: North Gwinnett High graduate, 1998
-- Event: Hammer throw
-- Results: Finished ninth in the final after his best throw was 74.95 meters or 245 feet, 10 inches. He also had a throw of 73.31, but fouled on his third attempt. In the qualifying round, Johnson's throw of 77.17 meters (253 feet, 2 inches) put him in fourth place in his group and fifth overall.
-- Reaction: "My body wasn't really there," he was quoted by Scripps Newspapers as saying after the finals. "I wasn't really firing as good as I was in the qualifying. I yanked on that first throw, and it ended up in a bad result.
"If I had three good throws or at least I knew that I put forth my best effort, I wouldn't be as disappointed. What happens, happens. But that last throw would have put me into the finals."
-- Future: Johnson, who is 31, plans to qualify for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.Amanda Weir-- Suwanee connection: The Brookwood High graduate resides in Suwanee
-- Event: 400 freestyle relay
-- Results: Weir swam a 1:20.53 split on the second leg of the preliminary race. Although she wasn't on the final relay team, she earned a bronze medal for her participation. The American team finished in 3:34.24 behind Australia and the Netherlands.
-- Reaction: Weir tweeted to fans, "Thank You! That hometown #ATL love made my day :) Go USA!"
-- Future: While Weir plans to continue to swim competitively in the near future, she hasn't announced yet if she plans to swim in the 2016 Summer Games.-- Staff writer Keith Farner