Kovacs, Cantwell, Clarke and Hoffa selected for Beijing!

The USATF Outdoor Championships shot put event has just ended minutes ago. It looks like it that Joe Kovacs, Christian Cantwell, Jordan Clarke and Reese Hoffa will be traveling to Beijing to fight for the shot put medals at the World Championships.

At todays USATF Outdoor Championships the tickets for the upcoming World Championships will be handed out. The shot put event was quite promising for excitement. So many big names were on the start list for the event. In order to make the final 8 one needed impressive 20.51m (67' 3 1/2"). In addition to the top three of his competition Reese Hoffa has a wild card by winning last years edition of the Diamond League.

During the first round Darrell Hill made a name for himself by a massive toss of  20.80m (68' 3"). He was leading until Christian Cantwell managed to surpass Darrell with his second round toss of 21.17m (69' 5½"). Jonathan Jones improved in round three to 20.92m (68' 7¾") which puts him in fourth place. Also Reese Hoffa improved in the 3rd round and broke the 21m barrier with 21.18m (69' 6"). He was not the only one, also Jordan Clarke managed to toss over the 21m mark with an effort measured 21.11m (69' 3¼"). At the end of the third round Christian Cantwall was still leading the field and improved even further with a massive 21.45m (70' 4½") toss. Still no sign of Joe Kovacs, who is currently leading the world with couple of 22m (72' 2¼") bombs.

During the final 8 rounds couple of changes where made. Joe Kovacs underlined his impressive 2015 shape with the winning throwof 21.84m (71' 8"). Jordan Clarke surpassed with his 6th round toss of 21.49m (70' 6¼") even Christian Cantwell who did challenge Clarke with his last round effort as well. Christian pushed everything into the last round and improved his best to 21.64m (71' 0") to secure the second spot on the USA team for Beijing, China. Reese Hoffa did not improve any further during the final three rounds, same as Jonathan Jones and Darrell Hill. Also quite surprisingly Ryan Whiting was not playing a major role at todays competition, finishing 7th with a best attempt of 20.79m (68' 2½").

Even though Reese Hoffa "only" placed 4th at today USATF Outdoor Championships, he still makes the team for the 2015 World Championships in Beijing China, due to his last years winning strike at the Diamond League race.

Congratulations to Joe Kovacs, Christian Cantwell and Jordan Clarke. Throwholics wishes good luck for the WC in Beijing. It is going to be interesting to see the fight versus the German Goliath David Storl who won both past WC in 2011 and 2013.

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  • What about Ryan Whiting, he used to be so promising but could not make the team.


    I said that in the other thread and I'm not happy he did not make the team for the WC...

  • That's why our system might not be the best one...
    Sure it is good that the young fellowers get a shot to make the team...
    but the main disadvantage I see here is that our throwers have to peak so early and will not be able to produce the same at the world champs later on.... Leading to Storl winning third time in the row...

  • Leading to Storl winning third time in the row...

    you saying Kovacks will not be winning the wc?


    He is leading the top list and has produced massive results throughout the entire season!

  • you saying Kovacks will not be winning the wc?

    Right now I think David Storl is the man to beat at the WC...
    Despite the fact he is not leading the top list....
    He always peaks at the main event of the year... and see where he is now already... close to 22m.
    Every year he adds another 30-40cm on top of his season best at the main event... so 22.30m has someone to beat ?!



    He is leading the top list and has produced massive results throughout the entire season

    Sure he did a great job so far.
    But at the DL meeting in doha he "only" tossed the shot 20.86m

  • But at the DL meeting in doha he "only" tossed the shot 20.86m

    That's only one meet man...
    He has three competitions beyond the 22m mark!



    22.35m westwood
    22.12m Eugene
    22.06m La Jolla


    I think he is so consistent Storl will have trouble beating him

  • First I must say I think its great that Hoffa gets a chance to compete at his age again at the WC.
    But we should not forget Christian Cantwell in that perspective!


    If he can get the shot right he will be able to throw beoynd 22m as well, dont you think?

  • I think he is so consistent Storl will have trouble beating him

    There is not point in saying the same over and over so I'm out of this discussion now...



    If he can get the shot right he will be able to throw beoynd 22m as well, dont you think?

    he will not be in shape to do that...
    lets check his recent results:
    his best attempt is 21.64m so far and he is not known to peak at the wc .... i highly doubt he will play a major role at the competition.
    The entire season he had trouble going beyond even 21m

  • I predict David Storl will be the winner....
    Sharing the same thoughts as @Dylan Wilson has.
    Having in mind the usual peak at the event of the year, be it World Championships or Olympic Games he is the man to be right on spot in best shape.

  • I also think David is going to win, but that is only because he is my favourite shot putter. Its not that he has an advantage over the americans, because many americans has had seasons bests or very close to a seasons best on world champs or olympics in the past (sometimes further than they had thrown at the trials). I'm not saing that it isn't difficult to peak for the trials and perform at your best at the worlds, but it is possible. Whoever wins , I really hope they finally break the championship record.

  • How far is that? I dont know that on top of my head

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