In a shot heard ’round the world defending indoor world champion Ryan Whiting let all the ‘Mericans (and Euros) know who was top-cock in the hen house and its name is Whiting. Since David Storl has the luxury of a free pass onto the German World Championship roster one would guess he is just biding his time until Sopot and yesterday’s bump over 21m is not a true measure of his current form. Similarly, Tomasz Majewski is readying for a World Championship on his home soil and the two time Olympic gold medalist knows how to be ready when it counts. Back in Albuquerque, the US held a throw-off that harkened to the manic 2000 Olympic Trials.
Round 1st started mild enough, with Whiting taking a lead with a pedestrian 19,90m (65′ 3″) and only two putters, Werskey (19,80m/ 64′ 11″) and Miller (17.96m/ 58′ 11″), marking their meet best.
The 2nd go-around saw four men, Baatz (19,30m/ 63′ 4″), Vicars (18,49m/ 60′ 8″), Hunter (18,31m/ 60′ 1″) and Davis (16,83m/ 55′ 2″) knock out their best of the day, with only Baatz joining Werskey for the final three rounds.
The 3rd round stirred the 18.3 hand, 22 stone Ohioan over the 70′ arc to 21,50m (70′ 6½”); moving Kurt Roberts into a small lead over Whiting‘s 2nd round 21,33m (69’ 11¾”) with fellow Pennsylvanian Joe Kovacs (20.62m/ 67′ 8″) and Jordan Clarke (19,37m/ 63′ 6″) readying an assault at the leaders.
After the entire field took a nice cat-nap during round 4 it looks like Clarke (20,78m/ 68′ 2¼”) and Kovacs (21,46m/ 70′ 5″) took a red hot fire iron to poke the Appalachian Black Bear out of his slumber. Immediately following Kovacs’ 11cm personal best, up from his 21,35m (70′ 0½”) earlier this month, Whiting entered his arena and spunout to a glorious 22,23m (72′ 11¼”) to move from elimination to domination; and just shy of his 22.28m (73′ 1¼”) lifetime best thrown in Qatar, early-May of last season.