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Ryan Crouser’s record-breaking throw lands him USATF Athlete of the Week

5/30/2018
 

Ryan Crouser (Boring, Oregon) broke his former shot put record at the Nike Prefontaine Classic to win USATF athlete of the week.

 

The Rio gold medalist highlighted a historic competition as four men threw beyond 21.60m/70-10.50 in one competition for the first time in history, indoors or out. Crouser launched a massive 22.53m/73-11 put in the fifth round to add 10 centimeters to his Hayward Field record and land seventh on the list of best U.S. throws. Crouser led the highly-competitive field from the start and fouled on his third attempt. He steadily improved before unleashing the massive meet record and season best 22.53/73-11.

 

Other notable performances from the weekend:

Shelby Houlihan: In her first race of the outdoor season, Houlihan won the 1500m after having a strong finish down the final straightaway. She finished with a time 3:59.06. That was her first sub-4 performance, and four seconds ahead of her previous best.

Noah Lyles: Won the 200m at the Nike Prefontaine Classic with a time of 19.69. That time is the best in the world this year as well as a personal best. He remains undefeated in Diamond League competition.

Jaylen Bacon: Ran a wind-legal 9.97 in the 100m at the NCAA West Regional, which ties the fastest time in the world this year.

 

Now in its 17th 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 USATF.org. Selections are based on top performances and results from the previous week.

 

2018 Winners: January 4, Brian Herron; January 11, Katelyn Tuohy; January 18, Molly Huddle; January 25, Christian Coleman; February 1, Sonja Friend-Uhl; February 8, Emily Infeld; February 15, Kendra Harrison; February 22, Christian Coleman; March 1, Sydney McLaughlin; March 8, Courtney Okolo; March 15, Da’mira Allen; March 22, Lesley Hinz; March 29, Caitlin Collier; April 4, Sydney McLaughlin; April 11, Maria Michta-Coffey; April 18, Desiree Linden; April 25, Twanisha Terry; May 3, Jenny Simpson; May 10, Galen Rupp; May 17, Tori Franklin; May 24, Robyn Stevens; May 31, Ryan Crouser.

 

We welcome your nominations!

 

To nominate an athlete for USATF Athlete of the Week, please send a detailed email about his/her performance to communications@usatf.org.


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