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Istanbul 2012 - Flash Interviews - Men's Shot Put Final

WinnerRyan WHITING, USA

We stumbled in Daegu so I am happy to give another gold to the US in the Shot Put and to start the year on the right foot. I know I had the 22 meters in me. It was long time coming. I had not improved my PB in two years. I was building from the first throw and I know it was just a matter of time, a big throw or a foul. I reached a milestone (22 meters) and I know it will be easier from now on. I hurt my ankle and missed the Olympics in 2008. I want to focus on things that really help me, stay healthy and work harder for London.

Second - David STORL, GER

My aim was to get a medal and to improve my PB and I achieved both. My strategy was to come out strong at the beginning and shock my opponents. But I always had on my mind that Whiting can overtake me, such things can always happen. I still thought that I would be able to catch him again. But if it does not happen you have to learn to cope with this. My last attempt was very, very good but unfortunately it was a foul.

This was an extremely strong competition - who would have thought that to get gold one would need more than 21.88m?

Third - Tomasz MAJEWSKI, POL

That was great competition, such a high level of performance. Can you imagine a guy like Reese, throwing 21m and not even getting a medal? I feel great tonight with my national record. On Tuesday, I'll travel for a training camp to South Africa to prepare for the outdoor season.

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