Reigning Olympic shot put champion Ryan Crouser is a world-record holder.
Crouser broke the world record in the men’s shot put with a monster throw of 76 feet, 8¼ inches (23.37 meters) at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials. The Oregon native set the record during his fourth attempt, crushing the previous mark by 8 inches, in the final on Friday evening.
The previous world record was 75-10¼ (23.12 meters set by Randy Barnes in 1990.
Crouser emphatically stamped his ticket to Tokyo. His world-record throw easily won him the competition at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon. Joining Crouser at next month’s Olympics will be runner-up Joe Kovacs (73-3½) and Payton Otterdahl (71-11), who got third.
Yet, it was Crouser who stole the show with the best throw in the history of the event.