After shattering the world indoor record to win the men’s shot put last Sunday with ease, USA’s Ryan Crouser enters tomorrow’s American Track League #2 meeting with the spotlight all over him, but will we see a repeat in performance?
Crouser To Attack WR Again?
Crouser threw 22.82m (74-10½ ) to set a new world record on his first attempt last Sunday at the American Track League #1 which is no surprise to see him entering the second meet of the series at Randal Tyson Track Center in Fayetteville, AR, as the overwhelming favorite.
The Olympic champion said after the meet that he was still training hard and lifting heavy prior to breaking the world record and he thinks his mark could potentially fall again once he taper off.
“I can still throw quite a bit farther than that,” said Crouser.
The 28-year-old improved the previous world indoor record of 22.66 meters, which was set by Randy Barnes on Jan. 20, 1989. He also heaved 22.70m in the third round, which was also better than the old record.
Crouser Feels There’s More In Him
He noted after the win on ESPN: “I feel like there is more there.”
American Payton Otterdahl, who was third last Sunday with 20.53m, returns to challenge Crouser, with Nick Ponzio (4th, 19.98m) also re-joining to the field.
Crouser would certainly welcome back-to-back world indoor record at the American Track League #2 this weekend, but it doesn’t seem like his main focus is to go hunting for it.
“I just approach every meet wanting to do the best that I can and trying to throw the farthest that I can,” he explained.
He added: “I’m in a really good place. This is a great start for me.”
The Rio 2016 Olympic champion has his eyes firmly placed set on repeating at the Tokyo Games this summer, and he revealed that he will continue to use the early meets to prepare himself.