Chirstian Cantwell won the Kansas Street Meet with the best mark in the world of 21.36M. Returning from a serious elbow injury and late in his career Cantwell didn’t hold back barely fouling some near 22m throws. Kurt Roberts was second with a near life time best of 21.23M while Reese Hoffa was third with a 20.96M toss.
There was a crowd of an estimated 2-3,000 spectators in downtown Kansas tonight, resting on the chalk bucket was a check for an exact $2,000 for any athlete that could break the meet record. Cantwell didn’t even know in November if he would be able to ever throw again and today he takes home a great purse, a great ribeye dinner and some great confidence.
Cantwell showed emotion during his interview, and not his usual brass knuckle persona, but had to take a moment to center himself. This was a huge moment for him and for throwers everywhere. Great weather, great men and a great meet. This is what track and field needs all around America, herds of fans sitting on rooftops under the sun watching a dozen men throw cannonballs down the streets of a downtown biergarden and BBQ.
Ryan Whiting Finishes 4th with a 20.78 while 23 year old Tim Nedow hit a 20.72 to nearly break his lifetime best and finish 5th. Tim has been working with Canada’s Russian Dr. B for the past year and his vanishing Michael Jordan Jump Shot Finish is starting to reflect that, once he becomes a master of his technique he may be one of the best rotationals in the world. Justin Rodhe finished 6th with a season best of 20.19 after suffering a 2 inch adductor tear the previous season. Cory Martin was 7th with a 20.17 and Zach Lloyd rounded out the meet with a 19.68M chuck.
Over the past several seasons the Kansas Street Meet has become a prime throwing venue in the world and it has nothing to do with its geographical location but rather the people that put it on, the people who attend and the people who come to compete at the meet. Take the time to do things right and right things come, meet directors across America; call Kansas and call the throwers and ask what they are doing and how you can bring something like this, in any event, to your area.