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From Star-Telegram - Crouser was as big of a surprise in the shot put only because his American teammate, Joe Kovacs, entered as the favorite. “Maybe for you guys he was a surprise,” Kovacs said. “But he’s been training in Chula Vista [Calif.] the past couple of months where I train. He’s been training really well, so I wasn’t surprised by it. I thought I could kind of jump him with my experience, but he ended up pulling it off and had a great series.” Crouser, 23, took the lead for good with his second throw, going a personal-best 72 feet, 10 3/4 inches. He increased that with a 73- 1/2 on his third throw. His fifth throw of 73-10 3/4 set an Olympic record, breaking the old mark of 73-8 3/4 set by Ulf Timmermann of Germany in 1988 in Seoul. “My whole technique [when he started] was based on Ulf Timmermann’s Olympic record,” Crouser said. “I watched that throw probably 10,000 times. That was one of the most beautiful throws I had ever seen. So to break that record … it was truly special.” Crouser’s father, Mitch, served as an alternate on the 1984 Olympic team as a discus thrower. Crouser’s uncle, Brian, qualified for two Olympic teams in the javelin. Crouser’s cousin, Sam, is his roommate in Rio, having qualified for the Games in the javelin. Sam finished 34th earlier this week. “It’s definitely a family affair,” Ryan said. “They were all standing in the stands behind the shot put and all were in Team Crouser uniforms, so it was a pretty cool to be able to do that in the Olympics in front of family.” It didn’t take Crouser — now 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds — long to outgrow his grandfather’s back yard shot put ring in Oregon. “He had a little ring in the back yard and threw into a little sand gravel pit, but it was lined with a hedge on one side and a garden shed on the other,” Crouser said. “I lost one to the right a little bit and threw one through the roof of his garden shed and had to go back the next day and put a new roof on it.” On Thursday, Crouser raised the roof at Olympic Stadium, Soon, he might be taking down the last record left — Aggie Randy Barnes’ world record mark of 75-10 1/4.

From IAAF - World and Olympic champion Anita Wlodarczyk broke her own world record* with a throw of 82.98m at the Skolimowska Memorial in Warsaw on Sunday (28). Each one of the Pole's five valid throws were beyond the previous meeting record. She opened with 79.68m and improved with her following three efforts, throwing 80.31m, 81.77m and then a world record of 82.98m. She followed her record mark with a throw of 81.27m before ending her series with a foul. It was the first time in which the 31-year-old had landed three throws beyond 81 metres in the same series. Wlodarczyk set the previous world record of 82.29m when winning the Olympic title in Rio. Including ancillary marks, Wlodarczyk now owns the top 20 throws in history, 11 of which are beyond 80 metres. Britain's Olympic bronze medallist Sophie Hitchon was more than 10 metres in arrears of Wlodarczyk, throwing 72.42m to take second place. "I was saying that I want to improve the record and I was able to keep my word," said Wlodarczyk. "Maybe I could have broken it in the first round but I like to improve step by step and play with the emotions. Yes, it was close to 83 meters, but let's save something for the next season." Wlodarczyk dedicated the victory to the late Kamila Skolimowska, the 2000 Olympic champion, who was a close friend before she passed away unexpectedly in 2009.

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