Like we mentioned, the big boys went at it today on our side of the pond at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix. Big names were on the entry list and brought some attention to the men’s shot put event.
2012 indoor shot put World Champion Ryan Whiting, double Olympic Champion Tomasz Majewski and Olympic and World Record holder Ashton Eaton were the highlights on the entry list. Probably everyone thought Whiting and Majewski would fight for the 1st place but during the last round upstart Joe Kovacs surprised everyone with a bog personal best.
Whiting’s 1st round throw set him clear of the field until Kovacs’ heroics. He tossed the ball 21,18m (69′ 5″) but could not improve on that mark in the final five rounds. So Kovacs saw the chance and improved his personal best to 21,35m (70′) in the last round. If Kovacs can make it out of the brutal USA Championships will he will be considered a contender for a medal at the World Championships in Sopot? We think so.
Tomasz Majewski seems to struggle with his form. He did not get on the podium with his 20,61m (67′ 7″), settling one spot and 2cm short of Cory Martin. One wonders if the field are sharing beers at some pub swapping stories with the locals, I’m sure Majewski would be a hit in south Boston.
The full results:
|19.28m 19.38m 20.50m 20.17m 20.94m 21.35m|
|21.18m FOUL FOUL FOUL 20.95m FOUL|
|20.63m FOUL FOUL FOUL 20.21m FOUL|
|19.79m 20.61m 20.41m FOUL 20.49m 20.19m|
|19.08m 19.59m 19.18m 19.66m FOUL 19.51m|
|14.07m 15.05m 14.72m PASS PASS PASS|
|FOUL FOUL FOUL|