Showdown by the fountains: Ryan Crouser’s fifth victory in Zagreb

The eighth edition of the Ivan Ivančić Memorial, or the ninth shot put competition near the Zagreb fountains, did not bring anything new.

In front of a thousand spectators gathered on the field next to the National and University Library, world record holder Ryan Crouser won for the fifth time and thus escaped Tom Walsh to 5:4 when it comes to victories near the fountains.

Crouser in the fifth series “pulled” to 22.19 and solved the question of the winner, so in the end the order at the top was completely identical to the one at the World Championship in Eugene: 1. Crouser, 2. Kovacs, 3. Awotunde, 4. Walsh !

On the end, Filip Mihaljević was seventh in the competition in which even the eight first-place finishers has result over 21 meters.

“I am satisfied with the victory in this great atmosphere. I must say that I started slowly, that I was looking for a technique for a long time, and when I managed to find it and throw the winning distance, there was no more time to build on it. But I’m happy, it’s the end of the season, Joe Kovacs was incredible in Zurich and that’s always a great motivation. Now I’m thinking about the new season, my goal is 23.70, and in the long term let’s say 24 meters, but it’s a long way and a lot of work in the time to come”, says five-time winner of the Zagreb meeting Ryan Crouser.