Two-time Olympic champion Ryan Crouser of the USA continued with his flawless season with a new meeting record at the Ivan Ivancevic Memorial men’s shot put in Zagreb last night.
Crouser produced a series of consistent high quality, bettering 22 metres with all six throws, his best being a fourth-round effort of 22.84m – a 10-centimetre improvement on his own meeting record set last year.
He set series of 22.19m, 22.60m, 22.06m, 22.84m, 22.16m and 22.53m.
His closest rival was Olympic bronze medallist Tom Walsh of New Zealand who landed a fifth-round 22.39m for second place, with his other five throws all in excess of 21 metres. World champion Joe Kovacs took third with 21.70m in a competition that also featured music, flames and lights against the spectacular fountain backdrop.
“This is one of my favourite meetings and a great capstone to what has been a fantastic season for me,” said a very satisfied Crouser, the world record holder with a massive 23.37m distance.
“In 2021, I have achieved everything I could have wanted and more. To be able to come out here for one of my favourite meetings and perform as well as I did for a great crowd, I was extremely happy. You can see the energy that the athletes bring when the crowd has so much energy and enthusiasm.
“They let us pick our theme songs for the music, which is always fun and gets the athletes hyped up,” added Crouser, who has now been undefeated for almost two years.
“It was a lot of fun and I feel like the results showed. With the shape I am in right now, after eight weeks on the road travelling, that was one of my best competitions of the year with just how I felt coming in and how I performed.”