Mon. Sep 27th, 2021

TOKYO– Ryan Crouser broke his own Olympic record on his method to safeguarding his shot put title Thursday on a hot day in Tokyo.On his last effort, Crouser went 23.30 meters (76 feet, 5 1/2 inches) to earn the first track and field gold medal for the American men at the Tokyo Games. U.S. teammate Joe Kovacs completed second and Tomas Walsh of New Zealand was third.The 28-year-old Crouser went 22.52 meters when he won at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.29 mCrouser is currently the world-record holder after breaking a 31-year-old mark on June 18 at the U.S. Olympic trials. His effort that evening went 23.37 meters.In the stifling heat at the Olympic Stadium, Crouser took the lead on his very first attempt and saved his finest for his last one. He clapped his hands – sending out chalk dust into the air – and celebrated. He even donned his stetson for the occasion.His friends and family collected for a watch party in Redmond, Oregon. Using “Crouser” t-shirts, they let out the largest cheer of all when the analysts revealed those wonderful words: “Gold Medalist.” He was contending with an agony of mind after his grandfather recently died. On a notepad, Crouser had a wholehearted message: “Grandpa. We did it. 2020 Olympic champ!”

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