Ryan Crouser defends Olympic shot put gold, Kovacs silver

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With New Zealand's Tom Walsh taking bronze, the medal-winning trio's Tokyo finish repeats the exact podium order from Rio.

Posted: Aug 5, 2021 2:00 AM

World record-holder Ryan Crouser successfully defended his Olympic shot put gold medal Thursday in Tokyo, launching a No. 2 all-time mark of 23.30m on his final attempt to seal the title.  

Crouser, who led Tuesday’s qualifying, opened up with a massive 22.83m to best his own Olympic record set in Rio by about a foot, then increased it by 10 centimeters on his 22.93m second attempt before heaving the colossal sixth attempt, only the third throw in history to surpass 23 meters.

The 28-year-old Oregon native took down Randy Barnes' 31-year-old all-time mark in June at U.S. Olympic Trials.

Crouser's teammate Joe Kovacs, the reigning world champion, threw 22.65m for silver, while 2017 world champion Tomas Walsh of New Zealand recorded 22.47m for bronze.

The medal-winning trio's Tokyo finish repeats the exact podium order from Rio. They also finished top three at the 2019 World Championships, with Kovacs taking first.

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