American Ryan Crouser set an Olympic document within the shot-put occasion Thursday and gained a gold medal on the Tokyo Games.
It was Crouser’s second Olympic particular person gold medal as he scored a 23.30 and he devoted the victory to his late grandfather, who died every week earlier than the Video games began. Crouser had a chunk of paper with him and held it as much as the cameras: “Grandpa, we did it, 2020 Olympic champion!”
He broke the Olympic document on his first throw after which broke his personal document on the second. He lastly settled for the 23.30 distance on the sixth toss.
Ryan Crouser first tried the shot put in Larry Crouser’s yard.
“To lose him the week earlier than the Olympics was clearly unhappy. However I really feel like he was in a position to be right here in spirit,” he stated.
Crouser was the primary American male to win gold at a monitor and subject occasion this summer season.
“The identical time that you just’re cheering essentially the most incredible factor, there’s simply that little little bit of, ‘I want grandpa was right here,’” Ryan’s mom, Lisa, stated whereas celebrating again in Oregon. “You understand he’s watching.”
Crouser’s teammate Joe Kovacs completed with the silver medal. Tom Walsh, of New Zealand, had the bronze medal.
Courser gained the gold medal on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics. Paradoxically, it was Kovacs and Walsh who completed proper behind him as effectively for silver and bronze.
The Related Press contributed to this report.