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Gresham HS Alum Ryan Crouser Breaks Shot Put World Record

Adam Eberhardt for TrackTown USA


On day one of the U.S. Track and Field Olympic Trials in Eugene, Ryan Crouser broke the world record for shot put.

The Gresham High School alum threw 23.37 meters, or 76 feet and 8 1/4 inches, breaking a decades long record set in 1990 by Randy Barns.

The Nike athlete received a standing ovation from fans at Hayward Field after his winning throw.

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Crouser takes a victory lap after winning first place and shattering a world record for shot put at the U.S. Olympic Trials in Eugene.

“First time back home since 2019, it felt really special to be here in front of friends and family, and I felt like it was a great opportunity and it all came together to showcase all the hardwork and dedication that I’ve committed during this past COVID year and beyond,” Crouser said during a virtual press conference.

Crouser will head to Tokyo in hopes of winning a second olympic gold medal. For the first time in event history, the top five throwers, including Crouser, threw over 71 feet. 

Also headed to the 2020 Olympics are Portland's Woody Kincaid and Grant Fisher. The Nike-Bowerman athletes took first and second in the men's 10,000 Meter Run.

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Melorie Begay is a multimedia journalist for KLCC News. She was the Inaugural KLCC Public Radio Foundation Journalism Fellow. She has a bachelors in Multimedia Journalism from the University of New Mexico. She previously interned at KUNM public radio in Albuquerque, NM and served as a fellow for the online news publication New Mexico In Depth.
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