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(ESPN)   This Olympic hopeful has set a world record by chucking a 16-pound cannonball 76 feet, 8 1/4 inches   (espn.com) divider line
    More: Spiffy, Shot put, Randy Barnes, Ulf Timmermann, Ryan Crouser, 28-year-old, new world record, six-pound shot, record book  
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2021-06-19 3:26:52 AM  
F*ck yeah!

/Threw shot put back in high school.
 
2021-06-19 5:30:39 AM  
That's a cool story. Congratulations!
 
2021-06-19 7:21:34 AM  

The_Sponge: F*ck yeah!

/Threw shot put back in high school.


Same here. Just to think hitting 40 feet was a big deal for me.
 
2021-06-19 7:28:29 AM  
FTFA: When Ryan Crouser broke it, "it felt like it was a huge weight lifted."

Truer words were never spoken.

Well done.
 
2021-06-19 7:53:07 AM  
"The 28-year-old who built a training ring at his home in Arkansas"

isn't that just drawing a circle on the ground?
 
2021-06-19 8:24:44 AM  

SirDigbyChickenCaesar: "The 28-year-old who built a training ring at his home in Arkansas"

isn't that just drawing a circle on the ground?


Not quite. Looks like there's a curb-type thing on one side of the ring so you don't foul.  You could probably use a 2x4 for it in an at-home setup, which would bring construction costs to around $1,000,000 if my lumber price calculations are correct.
 
2021-06-19 8:41:46 AM  
Just stopping by to say that the "shot" is the implement, the "put" is the the throw. So, one "puts" the "shot", one does not "throw" the "shot put".

/pedantry
 
2021-06-19 8:43:26 AM  
Boy is he going to feel foolish when he learns what cannons are for.
 
2021-06-19 8:43:40 AM  
He was on the verge of throwing it over the end of the sand pit. Crazy.
 
2021-06-19 8:47:21 AM  
Good for him but my instincts always lean towards PEDs in these cases. I'd be fine with being wrong though.

That's a sick distance to throw (put) a 16 pound weight. I think 10 feet would be my max.
 
2021-06-19 9:40:53 AM  

ukexpat: Just stopping by to say that the "shot" is the implement, the "put" is the the throw. So, one "puts" the "shot", one does not "throw" the "shot put".

/pedantry


You are technically correct. The best kind of correct
 
2021-06-19 10:00:29 AM  
I'm glad that breaking the record qualified him for the Olympics. Did the article NEED to say that?
 
2021-06-19 11:47:33 AM  
the shot put world record set by American Randy Barnes, whose mark of 75 feet, 10 1/4 inches, set on May 20, 1990, was one of the oldest in the record books.

Gee... I wonder why such a long-lasting world record was set in 1990?

Nutrition must have been better back then. Yeah it was probably nutrition.
 
2021-06-19 12:22:56 PM  
Amazing a track and field event has held the record for this long. It seems every event has a new record on an annual basis. And the ones that don't (the long jump for example) are such outliers that everyone knows about it. The fact that the record in shotput has held this long is incredible. The fact i didn't know it stood this long even more so.

Christian Bale: Gee... I wonder why such a long-lasting world record was set in 1990?

Nutrition must have been better back then. Yeah it was probably nutrition.


Understood, but I'm sure there have been plenty of others that have used steroids since 1990 and the record stood. Not agreeing or disagreeing that Barnes used, just saying.
 
2021-06-19 12:44:51 PM  
Here's the video of him doing it. He knew he had it from the moment it left his hand.

Ryan Crouser OBLITERATES shot put WORLD RECORD at Olympic trials | NBC Sports
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2021-06-19 2:00:46 PM  
We watched it last night.  It looked different than his other attempts.  Just smooth and seemingly effortless and obviously a monster throw.
 
2021-06-19 2:14:28 PM  

MizzouGuy: Understood, but I'm sure there have been plenty of others that have used steroids since 1990 and the record stood. Not agreeing or disagreeing that Barnes used, just saying.


Testing became a lot more strict starting in the early 90s. And continued to get stricter every decade, including the introduction of out-of-competition testing for more and more substances.

There's a reason the shot put world record was broken in 1983, 1985, 1987, 1988, 1990....and 2021
 
2021-06-19 2:22:14 PM  
wow, the Olympic winning shot put peaked in 1988

Declined in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004, until it was 1.5 meters less than in 1988

Started back up again until in 2016 athletes were finally able to match the performance in Seoul 1988.

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2021-06-19 2:34:32 PM  

Christian Bale: wow, the Olympic winning shot put peaked in 1988

Declined in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004, until it was 1.5 meters less than in 1988

Started back up again until in 2016 athletes were finally able to match the performance in Seoul 1988.

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That 1988 record rather stands out in the line of natural progression. Methinks some foreign substances were involved in that record.
 
2021-06-19 3:03:08 PM  

ClavellBCMI: Christian Bale: wow, the Olympic winning shot put peaked in 1988

Declined in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004, until it was 1.5 meters less than in 1988

Started back up again until in 2016 athletes were finally able to match the performance in Seoul 1988.

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That 1988 record rather stands out in the line of natural progression. Methinks some foreign substances were involved in that record.


I don't think there's any real "natural" progression in this event. They were the early adopters of all athletes, in the early 60sApparently the big gains in the 1950s were due to a different technique, sort of the Fosbury Flop of shot putting.
 
2021-06-19 3:21:24 PM  

kdawg7736: The_Sponge: F*ck yeah!

/Threw shot put back in high school.

Same here. Just to think hitting 40 feet was a big deal for me.


Third. Also Discus and Javelin
 
2021-06-19 4:10:12 PM  
I'm guessing this is like shot putting a sixteen-pound bowling ball over the entire lane. It would require muscles I don't even possess.
 
2021-06-19 4:16:52 PM  

KC Dutchman: FTFA: When Ryan Crouser broke it, "it felt like it was a huge weight lifted."

Truer words were never spoken.

Well done.


I wouldnt consider 16lbs a huge weight, but it would be difficult to throw for distance.
 
2021-06-19 11:42:37 PM  

RoyFokker'sGhost: kdawg7736: The_Sponge: F*ck yeah!

/Threw shot put back in high school.

Same here. Just to think hitting 40 feet was a big deal for me.

Third. Also Discus and Javelin


Some of that as well.
 
2021-06-20 8:04:46 AM  

desertgeek: Here's the video of him doing it. He knew he had it from the moment it left his hand.

[YouTube video: Ryan Crouser OBLITERATES shot put WORLD RECORD at Olympic trials | NBC Sports]


What tiny nimble feet for such a giant.
 
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