Ryan Crouser smashed the world record in the shot put, with a throw of 23.56m, Saturday at the Los Angeles track and field meeting. The 30-year-old American, two-time reigning Olympic champion, erased from the shelves his previous reference mark of 23.37m set in 2021 during the American selections for the Olympics, in Eugene (Oregon).
His throw was first measured at 23.58 m before the organizers revised the mark down by 2 cm.
23.56M WR. 😭
RYAN CROUSER IS JUST AMAZING!!!! pic.twitter.com/xP8aaI4UEw
— MR. CARTER (@NelsonCarterJr) May 27, 2023
Nevertheless, his performance is sizeable since he improves his record by no less than 19 cm. Enough to make him, more than ever, the great favorite of the specialty at the World Athletics Championships, of which he is the titleholder and which will take place in Budapest in August.
In his previous attempts under the California sun, the Portland native had given the warning signs of a feat within reach, with throws at 23.23m and then 23.31m.
In February, at an indoor competition in Idaho, Crouser improved his previous record by one centimetre with a throw of 23.38m, but this performance was ultimately not sanctioned by the International Federation of Athletics, due to a throw circle too large by two centimeters.