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Crouser’s big shot wins him USATF Athlete of the Week


Ryan Crouser (Redmond, Oregon) blasted the two farthest throws in the men’s shot put since 1990 to earn USATF Athlete of the Week.

Crouser, the 2016 Olympic champion, hit 22.74m/74-7.25 in the fifth round at the Beach Invitational in Long Beach, California, to move to No. 6 on the all-time world list with the best effort in the event since Randy Barnes threw 23.10m/75-9.5 at San Jose on May 26, 1990. In round four Crouser uncorked a 22.73m/74-7 that ranks as the ninth-farthest throw in history.

Full results are here.

Other notable performances from the previous week:

Scott Fauble — Fauble was the top American male finisher at the Boston Marathon with his PR 2:09:09 placing him seventh.

Joan Benoit Samuelson — Samuelson, 61, ran 3:04:00 at the Boston Marathon, the fastest-ever time by a U.S. woman in the 60-64 age group.

Gene Dykes — Dykes, 71, broke three hours at the Boston Marathon, the only U.S. man over 70 to ever achieve that feat at Boston.

Kate Landau — Landau, 42, finished 13th overall in 2:31:56 at the Boston Marathon and was the fourth American woman across the line.

Jordan Hasay — Hasay ran to bronze at the Boston Marathon, clocking 2:25:20.

Michael Norman — Norman moved to a tie for fourth on the world all-time 400m list with his 43.45 at the Mt. SAC Relays. Only Michael Johnson and Butch Reynolds are ahead of Norman on the U.S. all-time list.

Omar Craddock — Craddock bounded out to 17.68m/58-0.25 to win the triple jump at the Beach Invitational, moving to ninth on the U.S. all-time list and beating Christian Taylor in the process.

Brooke Andersen — Andersen took over the No. 4 spot on the all-time U.S. women’s hammer list with her 75.05m/246-2 to win at Mt. SAC.

Stephanie Casey Casey crossed the line sixth overall with a time of 4:41:12 in the women’s 50k Race Walk at the Pan American Race Walk Cup, moving her to No. 5 on the all-time U.S. list.

Now in its 18th year, USATF’s Athlete of the Week program is designed to recognize outstanding performers at all levels of the sport. USATF names a new honoree each week and features the athlete on Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.


2019 Winners: January 9, Nick Christie; January 16, Hillary Bor; January 23, Taylor Ewert; January 30, Devin Dixon; February 6, Alison Wood; February 13, Ajee’ Wilson; February 20, Abbabiya Simbassa; February 27, Athing Mu; March 6, Neringa Jakstiene; March 13, Grant Holloway; March 20, Robyn Stevens; March 27, Deena Kastor; April 3, Irene Obera; April 10, Stanley Kebenei; April 17, Israel Merkle; April 24, Ryan Crouser.


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