On Sunday, American thrower Ryan Crouser set a new world indoor shot put record with a massive throw of 22.82 metres at the American Track League event in Fayetteville, Arkansas to kick off the World Athletics Indoor Tour 2021.
The previous record was in the name of Randy Barnes (22.66 metres) since January 1989. “It’s a pretty good start to 2021,” Crouser was quoted as saying by worldathletics.org. “But I’ve got five more (attempts) so time to get to work,” he said after his opening throw.
“It felt like I had a ton of energy and the biggest thing that went through my mind was just relax, feel a rhythm. I lined that first one up and got an indoor PB which is just off of my outdoor all-time record. 22.82m, a new indoor world record” the 2016 Olympic champion added.
“I feel like there’s more there,” he said. He further talked about the tournament. “It’s quite a start for me to 2021. It feels like it has been a long road to get back to some normal competitions,” he said.
Ryan Crouser already has more 22-metre throws than any other shot putter in history
Ryan Crouser already has more 22-metre throws than any shot putter in history. His record-breaking effort came in the first round itself.
The World Athletics Championships silver medalist followed it up with 21.03 metres in round two and then 22.70 metres in round three. Both the fourth and fifth round throws were declared fouls even though they landed similar distances. Crouser finished with 22.48 metres which was his third best throw of the day.
His first throw went so far it only just landed on the matting laid out for the competition. The officials had to put extra mats to the far side. Last year Crouser was among the five finalists for the Male World Athlete of the Year 2020 for his undefeated run in 10 shot put competitions.