Ryan Crouser broke the world record shot put
Charlie Riedel / AP
Ryan Crouser from the USA has set a new world record in the shot put.
At the national Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, the 2016 Olympic champion surpassed Randy Barnes' record with a height of 23.37 meters.
His compatriot had set the world record almost exactly 31 years ago.
A video shows how the 1.90 meter tall Crouser roars loudly as he almost knocks the ball out of the sector on his fourth throw and holds up his hands in triumph.
A possible world record had already been suggested.
Four weeks ago, at a throwers meeting in Tucson, Arizona, Crouser missed Barnes' value by four inches.
Crouser is now number one on the all-time list of the best in the shot put.
Except for Barnes with 23.12 meters and the GDR shot putter Ulf Timmermann, who had reached 23.06 meters in 1988, no one had yet succeeded in a 23-meter shot.
Since 1996 no world record in any of the four pushing and throwing disciplines had been improved for men.
For women, too, the records with the ball and the disc come from the eighties.
Former Russian shot putter Natalja Lissowskaja, who became Olympic champion for the USSR, hit 22.63 meters in Moscow in 1987.
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