EUGENE – After $270 million was spent on the new renovations to Hayward Field at the University of Oregon, they may need to pay to extend the shot put landing sector for Ryan Crouser. On his fourth throw of the evening, the 2016 Olympic champion took ownership of the world record with a 23.37-meter throw.
Crouser has been on a historic tear since the start of the year. In March, he broke the indoor world record and has openly spoken about the world record being his goal since 2017.
“I felt like I was 10 pounds lighter as soon as that popped up on the leaderboard,” Crouser said. “I hadn’t realized how much that had been weighing on me.”
Randy Barnes’ 23.12 world record had stood since 1990, but it’s widely regarded as one of the last-standing tainted records. Barnes was banned for two years by the IAAF for using the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone and then came back to win the 1996 Olympic gold medal before being slapped with a lifetime ban two years later for androstenedione.
“The sport has changed so much since then,” Crouser says. “Drug testing has cleaned up the sport exponentially. The level of clean competition now is phenomenal. All I can say is that with the regimen of drug testing we go through, I’m happy to say the world record is under the current system. Nothing against the former world record holder but it was a different time in track and field.”
Crouser threw his arms up in the air knowing it was far enough and broke Barnes’s mark by eight inches.
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Reigning world champion Joe Kovacs threw 22.34m for second place to clinch his second Olympic berth. He took a silver medal behind Crouser at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
25-year-old Payton Otterdahl, who won the 2019 NCAA indoor shot put title for North Dakota State, took third to clinch his first Olympic team.
Other notable news from Day 1:
Full results from the first day of the meet can be found here.
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