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TOKYO – Ryan Crouser from the USA is golden again. He repeated as an Olympic champion in throwing the ball, equaling what he did at the Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. In that process, he also set an Olympic record. Not once. Not twice. But three times.
On a hot day at the Olympic Stadium, a great man put on a great performance. The 6-foot, 7-inch pants, weighing 320 kilograms, broke the Olympic record three times in their six throws. And he saved the best for last.
His last throw of 23.30 meters was a bit shy than the world record of 23.37 he set on American tracks in Oregon in June. But he still called it the best throw in his life. “It was much easier to throw 23.37 near the house. It’s really, very difficult to perform on a stage like this,” Crouser said afterwards.
American Joe Kovacs won a silver medal, which he also won at the 2016 Olympic Games. Tom Walsh from New Zealand won bronze, doubling his performance in Rio.
Citing historian Bill Mallon, USA Track and Field said, “this is the first time in the history of Olympic races and pitches that positions on the podium have been repeated.”
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