As expected, it was a bombastic WC Shot Put final. The fight for gold was between the defending Indoor World Champion Ryan Whiting and two-time Outdoor World Champion David Storl. Right from the beginning one knew it would be only one of them who bring the gold home. Whiting defended his indoor WC title with a bomb of 22,05m (72′ 4″), followed by (68′ 11″) who “only” managed to toss the ball to 21,79m (71′ 5″). The biggest surprise of the day was the Kiwi shot putter Tom Walsh! He tossed the ball to 21,26m (69′ 9″) and improved his personal indoor best by over 60cm.
Storl, who was going for 22m could not fulfil his own goals. The shot put giant missed the gold medal by 26cm. Once again grabbed the Whiting the gold medal right off Storl‘s neck. Two years ago at the 2012 Indoor World Championships in Istanbul the same happened. Last time Whiting tossed the ball to 22m and Storl was 12cm short with his personal indoor best of 21,88m (71′ 9″).
” The medal is okay. But my trainer and I planned to go for the 22m. Now it is only 21,79m (71′ 5″) but I should be satisfied,” Storl said. ” After the second attempt, I just wanted too much and then my technique was not clean anymore.”
Ryan Whiting was the one who opened the competition and tossed the ball to 20,89m (68′ 6″). During the first attempt the German answered with a useful 21,35m (70′) and made everyone believe he is going to have a big tonight. Right after Storl‘s leading toss Ryan improved the lead by 12cm and was quite happy about the improvement. As everyone knows David Storl is a perfect competition guy who almost everytime peaks during major competitions. So he went into the ring for the second round and a massive 21,79m (71′ 5″) was measured.
As the current world leader Ryan Whiting knew he could go over the 22m mark and take back the lead if he concentrates on his technique and gets the right moment to release the 7.26kg ball. That’s what he did during the fifth round. With a massive bomb of 22,05m (72′ 4″) he took back the lead and surprisingly shocked Storl a bit. Sure David knew Ryan can go big all the time as the spinners all can do, but he seemed to be affected by this toss. As David said after the competition he wanted to much during his last attempts and was very tight which did not help him to go also over the 22m.
Behind these two major players in the shot put world a lot happend and circled around during the entire competition. The Argentine German Lauro, who did very well during the qualification round this morning, was not able to improve any further than his second attempt of 20,50m. The Bulgarian Georgi Ivanov tossed the ball to a new natioanl record of 21,02m (68′ 11″). He was only 2 cm short of the Polish shot putter Tomasz Majewski and became 5th. Majewski still with some techniqual difficulties could not get a medal and for sure it not satisfied with the competition. Even though he improved his season best once again. Throwholics is quite sure he will be back in summer for the 2014 European Championships in Zurich, Switzerland.
The biggest surprise of the evening was the kiwi shot putter Tom Walsh. He improved his personal best during the competition couple of times. His first personal best was the fourth attempt of 20,46m (67′ 1″). This mark would already been enough to grab the bronze medal but it seemed to be not enough for Tom. He improved further during his fifth attempt of 20,88m (68′ 6″) and finally tossed the last round ball to 21,26m. This massive improvement was something problaby no one has expected to happen. Congratulations to you Tom! You did an amazing job tonight. We hope to see more medals going to New Zealand in the next couple of years.(Besides Valerie Adams of course)
Also congratulations to all the other throwers. First of all Ryan Whiting who defended his Indoor World Championship gold medal form 2012! Also to David Storl who always peaks at the right moment.
The complete results: