07 MAR 2004 General News

Men Shot Put Final

After dropping off slightly yesterday in the qualifying round, Christian Cantwell again moved back over the twenty-one-metre mark with his second-round 21.49, as the American provided the best winning world indoor performance since 1989, the last time the competition was staged in Budapest. 

It was technically a come-from-behind victory for the Missouri strongman, as his teammate Reese Hoffa had opened the competition with a PB 21.07, which stood up throughout all six rounds as the silver-medal put.

For the most part, the places were decided early in the competition, as only five individual throws after the midway point registered improvements.  One of these was the 20.99 of Denmark's Joachim Olsen, the reigning European indoor and outdoor silver medallist, as he claimed the bronze today.

Probably the least heralded competitor in the final, Poland's Tomasz Majewski, surprised with a national-record 20.83 late in the competition for fourth place. 

Turning in disappointing performances were the defending champion Manuel Martinez of Spain, fifth at 20.79, and Paris champion Andrey Mikhnevich of Ukraine, sixth with 20.50. 

Similarly, British strongman Carl Myerscough didn't let loose until it was too late, and his final-throw 20.47 put him meekly into seventh place, ahead of the 20.26 of European outdoor champion Yuriy Bilonog of Ukraine.