Ryan Crouser defended his Olympic shot put title. The three-time winner and meeting record holder of the Boris Hanžeković Memorial won at the Tokyo Olympics with a throw of 23.30 metres, which is the second-best result of all time.
Already before the final, Crouser confirmed his participation in the 71st Boris Hanžeković Memorial, so we will see him compete again at the shot put pitch by the Zagreb City Fountains and the National and University Library on 13 September.
Crouser first appeared at the Zagreb Meeting in 2016, when he won with 22.28, ahead of Tom Walsh, who threw 22.21. That was the first shot put competition after 1988, at which two competitors threw farther than 22.20.
At last year’s Ivan Ivančić Memorial, as the Zagreb Meeting’s shot put event has been called the last seven years, Crouser won with 22.74, which was the longest throw in Europe in the past 30 years.
Joe Kovacs won silver in Tokyo with 22.65 and Tom Walsh won bronze with 22.47. Both of them have also been regular participants in the Boris Hanžeković Memorial shot put event.