04 MAR 2014 Preview Sopot, Poland

Men's shot put preview – IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014

Ryan Whiting of the USA celebrates after winning gold in the men's Shot Put - WIC Istanbul (Getty Images)Ryan Whiting of the USA celebrates after winning gold in the men's Shot Put - WIC Istanbul (Getty Images) © Copyright

Defending champion Ryan Whiting uncorked a stunning 22.23m to win the US title and will have high hopes of matching the gold he won in Istanbul two years ago.

Any improvement on his recent indoor PB would see him break the longest-standing championship record at the World Indoors, as Ulf Timmerman's mark of 22.24m has stood since 1987.

Whiting's US team-mate Kurt Roberts, with 21.50m, and Germany’s two-time world outdoor champion David Storl are next on the 2014 world list.

Storl is the ultimate championship performer and was Whiting's closest challenger in Istanbul in 2012 before going on to surprisingly defeat his US rival at last year's World Championships.

However, home advantage could help Tomasz Majewski. The two-time Olympic champion has already been in winning form in the ERGO Arena, having thrown a season’s best of 20.70m to win the Polish title.

Argentina has never had a medallist at the World Indoor Championships, but shot putter German Lauro could make history for his country. The world and Olympic finalist set a South American indoor record of 21.04m in his only competition of 2014 so far.

Simon Turnbull for the IAAF

Men's Shot Put Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Ryan Whiting USA USA 09 MAR 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Ulf Timmermann 22.24 GER GER Indianapolis (Hoosier Dome), IN 07 MAR 1987

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Ryan Whiting USA USA 22.23
2 David Storl GER GER 21.79
3 Kurt Roberts USA USA 21.50
4 Joe Kovacs USA USA 21.46
5 Tomas Walsh NZL NZL 21.26