EUGENE – After $ 270 million was spent on the new Hayward Field renovations at the University of Oregon, they may have to pay to expand the shot put landing sector for Ryan Crouser. On his fourth pitch of the night, the 2016 Olympic champion took the world record with a throw of 23.37 meters.
Crouser has been in a historic tear since the beginning of the year. In March, he broke the indoor world record and has spoken openly that the world record is his goal since 2017.
“I felt like I was 10 pounds lighter as soon as it appeared on the leaderboard,” Crouser said. “I hadn’t realized how much it had been weighing me down.”
Randy Barnes’ world record of 23.12 has been held since 1990, but is widely regarded as one of the last tainted records. Barnes was banned for two years by the IAAF for using the anabolic steroid methyltestosterone and then returned to win the 1996 Olympic gold medal before being punished with a lifetime ban two years later for androstenedione.
“The sport has changed a lot since then,” says Crouser. “Drug testing has cleaned up the sport exponentially. The level of clean competition is now phenomenal. All I can say is that with the drug testing regimen that we went through, I am happy to say that the world record is under the current system. Nothing against the former world record holder, but it was a different time in athletics. “
Crouser raised his arms in the air knowing he was far enough away and broke Barnes’s mark by eight inches.
Reigning world champion Joe Kovacs threw 22.34 meters for second place to secure his second Olympic spot. He took a silver medal behind Crouser at the 2016 Olympics in Rio.
Payton Otterdahl, 25, who won the 2019 NCAA indoor shot put title for the state of North Dakota, came third to clinch his first Olympic team.
Other notable news from day 1:
- Woody Kincaid closed the men’s 10,000 meters with a final lap of 53 seconds to win the men’s 10,000 meters. The former Portland driver started his professional career plagued with injuries, but showed great promise in 2019 with a 12: 58.10 for 5,000m. When healthy, his closing speed is dangerous and it has been proven. His Bowerman Track Club teammate Grant Fisher was second with 27: 54.29. Joe Klecker, son of 1992 Olympian Janis Klecker, remained in third place with 27: 54.90. All three runners are heading to their first Olympics.
- Shelby Houlihan, who received a four-year suspension after testing positive for the banned substance Nandrolone, was removed from the women’s 1,500m starting list before the start of the match. The confusion came after USA Track and Field put her on the exit list Wednesday night and a spokesperson said she could run because she had not exhausted all of her appeals. Houlihan says his lawyers filed for an emergency injunction with the Swiss Federal Court that was not granted and that he had no plans to compete if the injunction was not granted.
- The United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee, World Athletics and the Athletics Integrity Unit put an end to Houlihan’s hopes of competing Thursday night. Houlihan and his representatives say he tested positive as a result of eating a burrito 10 hours before his out-of-competition test in December. Eating certain pork in the past has resulted in traces of nandrolone in urine samples. The panel of the Court of Arbitration for Sport “unanimously determined that Shelby Houlihan had failed, on the balance of probability, to establish the source of the prohibited substance.”
- In the women’s 5,000 meters, only four women would be eliminated in the first round. Abbey Cooper, who tore her ACL in the 2016 Olympic final and still finished the race, made the courageous decision to break away from the group to try to run faster than 15:10 to secure Olympic standard. It paid off when Hayward Field fans got rowdy as he lost a final 68-second lap to run 15: 07.80. Now he just needs to finish in the top three in Monday’s final to form his second Olympic team.
- Sha’Carri Richardson is America’s best hope for a gold medal in the women’s 100 meters. She achieved the best time of the first round of the women’s 100 meters with a 10.84 (0.9 m / s).
- Allyson Felix, who is trying to make her fifth Olympic team and her first as a mother, advanced safely through the first round of the women’s 400 meters while notching a 50.99 victory in her respective series. She will race again Saturday in the semifinals at 7:20 pm PDT.
- There was no major surprise in the first round of the men’s 400 and 800 meters, as all the favorites safely advanced to the semifinals.
Complete results from the first day of the match It can be found here.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.