American shot putter Ryan Whiting continued to dominate his event this winter when provided the best performance of the evening at the ninth edition of the Pedro’s Cup indoor meeting in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Tuesday (12).
In absence of local favourite and two-time Olympic champion Tomasz Majewski, the reigning World indoor champion Ryan Whiting was always the clear favourite in the men’s Shot Put competition but had to show his competitive mettle before emerging as the winner with an effort of 21.38m.
His compatriot Cory Martin took the lead with an indoor lifetime best of 20.84m in the second round. Whiting immediately overtook him later in the second round with 20.88m, but that only motivated Martin further.
On his next attempt, Martin set yet another personal best, this time reaching 20.98m.
It was only in the fifth round that Whiting finally managed to prove his superiority. His effort was measured at 21.38m, a new meeting record and the second longest mark in the world this year, a distance only beaten by himself.
In fact, Whiting is the only man over 21 metres so far this year, a barrier he has broken in each of his three meetings and his penultimate effort effectively sealed the win in Bydgoszcz.
The two Americans were followed by Germany’s former European champion Ralf Bartels who reached 19.63m. Seven centimetres further back was the best Polish thrower Rafal Kownatke.
Pawel Jackowski for the IAAF
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