2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic champion Ryan Crouser produced the 12th-best throw in history to win the shot put at the Drake Blue Oval Showcase, throwing 22.72m at the World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze meeting in Des Moines on Saturday, August 29, 2020.
But more impressive than his winning mark was the fact that all six of Crouser’s throws landed well beyond 22 metres. In fact, his shortest heave was 22.27m, while his top four marks were beyond 22.60m.
The 27-year-old American opened with 22.27m and then produced his best of the day, 22.72m, in the next round. He then came close to matching that with 22.70m in round four and followed it with 22.63m and 22.68m before rounding out his series with 22.44m.
Only one other athlete in history, Italy’s Alessandro Andrei with his world record series in Viareggio in 1987, has ever recorded six 22-metre throws in one series. Meanwhile, the average of Crouser’s throws today, 22.57m, is a mark that only 10 other men in history have achieved.
Nick Ponzio finished second on countback with 21.19m, the same mark as Payton Otterdahl. Ponzio’s second-best throw of 20.90m gave him the edge.