There is a new edition of the duel we saw at the 2012 World Championships in Moscow. Again, it looks like it will be Ryan Whiting versus David Storl and everyone else throwing for bronze. The defending champion from the USA has demonstrated he’s at the top of his form with his 22.23m (72′ 11″) at the US Championships and put himself in the favorite’s chair. However, that competition also reveals the possible pitfalls of his rotational technique: his 2nd best throw would be fortunate to bring home a medal from Poland..
Recent results indicate the glide technique used by David Storl is more consistent and was worth gold at the last two outdoor World Championships. But one could see that he might have some smaller set backs due his knee troubles. At the ISTAF Indoor event he needed help of his physio. Throwholics hopes he will be 100% fit so that the audience will see an amazing fight for gold.
Also, the 2nd in the US Championships Kurt Roberts and the current Olympic Champion Tomasz Majewski also (Poland) are more than capable to fight for medals.
Defending champion Ryan Whiting (USA)
World Leader: Ryan Whiting (USA; 22,23m /72′ 11″)
Top level coach Don Babbit‘s notes:
A couple of things to note. If you look at the mens indoor shot at Worlds the US has been dominant.
2012 Whiting was champ
2010 Cantwell was champ
2008 Cantwell was champ
2006 Hoffa was champ
2004 Cantwell was champ
2002 Godina silver
The format for indoors is different. Eight to the final, the comp. flows better. This way the spinners keep their rhythm. The US shot putters hold their peak from US Indoors to Worlds during this time as well (no money to chase in Europe and it is only about 7-10 days between meets). Outdoors is a different story. Two hour comps with lots of unplanned delays hurts the rhythm of the spinners, so advantage goes to gliders. When it comes to indoors, Dan O’ Brien is correct, the US has dominated. If Whiting throws well, he should be over 22.30m and no one should be able to touch this. (he is defending champ and he beat Storl when Storl threw his all time PB of 21.88m). We will see how it goes.
The provisional entry lists for the IAAF World Indoor Championships in Sopot, Poland:
The current top list: