Malfunctioning laser denies Ryan Crouser a world record


Malfunctioning laser denies Ryan Crouser a world record

Ryan Crouser

For a brief moment, American shot putter Ryan Crouser had yet another world record added to his name. Unfortunately, faulty measurement robbed him of the glory. The incident happened at the Millrose Games as the Olympic champ was declared the winner courtesy of a faulty laser.

Crouser’s throw was a stunning 23.38 meters, breaking his own indoor and outdoor world records. The world was in awe as the American had supposedly come up with the greatest performance in the history of the sport. It would have been the longest throw in history, a centimetre beyond his 23.37 outdoor world record, set at the 2021 US Olympic Trials and more than half a meter farther than his indoor world record of 22.82.

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Meet director clarifies over Ryan Crouser’s world record

Ryan Crouser
Ryan Crouser

Later Olympic champion Ryan Crouser and the meet director Ray Flynn revealed that “equipment malfunction that caused a false reading” and all results from the competition were stricken, with the event being listed as cancelled on the meet website. “Unfortunately, the laser was incorrect,” Crouser told AFP.

The effort clearly stunned the community as it was Crouser’s first event of the season. Moreover, the American had shared that he was in a heavy training block and was testing a new training plan at the pre-meet press conference, making the result even more unlikely. Even the put landed well short of the world record mark which was marked off on the infield indicating some flaw in the measurement.

Crouser set his world indoor mark of 22.82m last January at Fayetteville, Arkansas, and his world outdoor record of 23.37m last June at Eugene, Oregon.

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