Tom Walsh had a lash, but couldn't break American Ryan Crouser’s total dominance of men’s shot put at the World Athletics continental tour gold level memorial meet in Zagreb, Croatia on Tuesday (NZT).
The double Olympic champion and world record-holder, who has now gone two international seasons, and 25 meets, without a defeat, set an event record of 22.84 metres to claim the title in the Croatian capital.
New Zealand’s Walsh at least managed to turn the tables on American Joe Kovacs to finish a creditable second with a best toss of 22.39m. Kovacs, the back-to-back Olympic silver medallist, finished third with a top throw of 21.70m.
As well as being a meet record, Crouser's 22.84m heave was the best throw on the European continent since Ulf Timmermann blasted 23.06m in 1988.
Crouser’s series reflected his utter dominance in the men’s power event as all six of his attempts soared past the 22m mark. He posted 22.19, 22.60, 22.06, 22.84, 22.16 and 22.53m.
Crouser broke the long-standing world record with a throw of 23.37m at the US Olympic trials in June and set the Olympic record of 23.30m with his second straight gold medal in Tokyo.
Crouser has not been defeated since the 2019 world championships when he and Walsh (22.90m) finished just 1cm behind Kovacs (22.91m) in a thrilling finale.
Walsh, the back-to-back Olympic bronze medallist, was not able to apply much in the way of pressure to the giant American, but did find some form with that fifth-round toss of 22.39m. His series was: 21.74, 21.19, 21.40, 21.51, 22.39 and 21.61m.
Source : https://www.stuff.co.nz/sport/other-sports/300406423/ryan-crouser-sees-off-tom-walsh-to-post-second-straight-undefeated-shot-put-season382